Happy Birthday Christopher Robin!

August 21, 1920, Christopher Robin was born in London to Daphne Milne and author, A.A. Milne.
And on his first birthday, August 21, 1921, Christopher Robin Milne received his first teddy bear purchased at Harrod’s in London.  This bear was named Edward Bear; but, then later renamed by Christopher Robin.  This is the exact bear that is on  permanent display at The New York Public Library.

Edward Bear was renamed Winnie-the-Pooh because “Winnipeg” was a favorite attraction on display at the London Zoological Gardens.

During World War I, a Canadian soldier named Harry Colebourn made a pet of a black bear cub he bought from a hunter for $20. He named it Winnipeg—or “Winnie” for short. The bear became his troop’s mascot and later a resident of the London Zoological Gardens. There, she was an adored attraction, especially to a little boy named Christopher Robin Milne, son of author A.A. Milne. He renamed his teddy, Edward Bear after her. This same teddy bear, as well as most of Christopher Robin’s toys are on display at the New York Public Library.

Christopher Robin and his stuffed bear became immortized by his father, A.A. Milne in a series of books.  Those books then became a favorite franchise of Walt Disney.

Want to ride the Winnie the Pooh attraction? CaribbeanDays can take you there!

~~Oh, yes, I’m rumbly in my tumbly. Time for something sweet.~~

Disney is developing a live action Winnie The Pooh film! A grown-up Christopher Robin returns to the Hundred Acre Wood to reunite with Pooh and friends.

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