The first book about Winnie-the-Pooh was published in October 1926 and was written by A.A. Milne. It is still a bit early for the celebrations, but there is a good reason behind it.
Last month, the Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II, also turned 90 years old. To commemorate both occasions, there will be a new story in which Pooh meets the Queen.
The new tale is called “Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal Birthday”. It picks up the same cast of characters first brought to life by A.A. Milne in 1926. There’s Pooh, and Piglet, and Eyore, and Owl, and Kanga, and even Christopher Robin, who isn’t the only boy to show up in the book.
The story is already out and completely free to download and read from right here. It is written in classic Pooh style and comes with matching classic illustrations. The short book was written by Jane Riordan and illustrated by Mark Burgess. There is also an audio version of the story.
“There’s such a wit and style to the stories that adults enjoy reading them to children. The children love them and they then love to pass them on to the next generation and they carry on”, says British actor Jim Broadbent, who narrates the audio story.
We won’t spoil the details of the new story for you. It’s shot and sweet, so you will enjoy it. Happy Birthday Winnie-the-Pooh!