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By the time it came to the edge of the Forest the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grown-up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger, but moved more slowly. For it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, “There is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” But all the little streams higher up in the Forest went this way and that, quickly, eagerly, having so much to find out before it was too late.

~ A. A. Milne
The House At Pooh Corner

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January 31st 1956: A.A. Milne died

On this day in 1956, English author A.A. Milne - famous for the Winnie the Pooh books - died aged 74. Alan Alexander Milne was born in London in 1882. Milne studied mathematics at Cambridge University, and wrote for humorous magazine Punch upon graduating. A pacifist, Milne still joined the army during the First World War, but did not spend long on the front lines due to an illness and instead worked on government propaganda. In the early 1920s, Milne published his first children’s poems, which featured his son Christopher Robin and a talking teddy bear. In 1925, Winnie the Pooh officially debuted in a bedtime story published in the Evening News. It was around this time that Milne moved his family to a cottage at Cotchford Farm in Sussex, which provided the inspiration for the Hundred Acre Wood of the Pooh books. Milne went on to publish two Pooh books between 1926 and 1928, but stopped to shield his son from publicity. The books followed the adventures of Christopher Robin and his animal playmates - including Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, and Piglet - who were inspired by Milne’s son’s stuffed toys. Milne wrote a number of plays and books, but, to his chagrin, these were never as popular as the Pooh books. Indeed, both Milne and his son came to resent the success of the Pooh books, and the unwanted fame they brought to the family. After several years of illness, which confined him to his home, A.A. Milne died in January 1956.

“…wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.”
- The House at Pooh Corner (1928)

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When We Were Very Young
A A Milne
decorations by Ernest H Shepherd
London Methuen & Co Ltd. Thirty Second Edition 1941 (Cheap Form) [First Published 1924]

The 38th poem in the book, “Teddy Bear”, that originally appeared in Punch magazine in February 1924, was the first appearance of the famous character Winnie-the-Pooh.