The story of how Winnie-the-Pooh went from a Harrods toy shelf to the house of Christopher Robin and the Hundred Acre Wooden is ready to be instructed for the primary time, in an official prequel to AA Milne’s unique tales.
Winnie-the-Pooh: As soon as There Was a Bear has been written within the model of Milne by kids’s author Jane Riordan, with illustrations by Mark Burgess emulating the unique drawings of EH Shepard. It’s the first prequel to Milne’s books and poetry in regards to the bear, and has been authorised by the estates of each Milne and Shepard.
It would comprise 10 tales identical to Milne’s two Pooh story collections, Winnie-the-Pooh and The Home at Pooh Nook, and can see the beloved bear exploring the London division retailer the place Milne bought the unique toy bear for his son Christopher Robin, in 1921.
The guide can even see Winnie-the-Pooh visiting London’s Pure Historical past Museum and London zoo, the place he’ll meet his namesake Winnipeg, a Canadian black bear. Within the Nineteen Twenties, Milne and his son visited the actual Winnipeg at London zoo, the place she had been stored since her proprietor, a Lieutenant Colebourn, was posted to France together with his regiment throughout the first world conflict. Christopher Robin beloved Winnipeg a lot that he renamed his toy bear Winnie.
Riordan, who has beforehand written two standalone Winnie-the-Pooh tales within the voice of Milne, mentioned the prequel was impressed by the actual lifetime of Christopher Robin.
“There’s a variety of historical past that we all know, so a couple of tales got here to me in a short time. I used to be very eager to do a narrative in Harrods as a result of we all know the unique toy got here from there. We all know Christopher Robin beloved visiting London zoo to see Winnipeg. And I wished to take the entire characters again to the Hundred Acre Wooden, as a result of that’s what readers will anticipate – within the later elements, we depart London and head to the woods, the place we meet Owl, Rabbit and different favourites.
“It’s such an honour to be given the chance to jot down within the voice of a author I like a lot,” she added. “He had an incredible reward for phrases, so it is rather formidable to dwell as much as that expectation.”
Winnie-the-Pooh: As soon as There was a Bear shall be revealed by Farshore on 30 September, marking the ninety fifth anniversary of Milne’s first full-length Pooh work, Winnie-the-Pooh, which was launched in October 1926.
Since then, Milne’s tales have by no means been out of print. “I suppose that each one of us hopes secretly for immortality,” Milne wrote in 1926, simply earlier than Winnie-the-Pooh was revealed. However as soon as Now We Are Six and The Home at Pooh Nook had been in outlets, over the next two years, Milne grew to become a really reluctant superstar alongside his son. As a baby, Christopher Robin responded to fan letters with the assistance of his nanny, however each father and son got here to resent their fame. “I really feel that the authorized Christopher Robin has already had extra publicity than I need for him,” Milne wrote. “I don’t need CR Milne to ever want that his identify had been Charles Robert.”
Whereas Disney has owned some rights to make use of of the character because the Sixties, Milne’s property retains all rights to his unique books. Disney has had no half within the new quantity.
Two authorised sequels have been revealed beforehand, in 2009 and 2016: Return to the Hundred Acre Wooden and The Finest Bear in All of the World.