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Meet the Real Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh

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Many of us have grown up with Winnie the Pooh — the famous and lovable bear who captured the imaginations of children the world over. The books and television shows made us laugh, smile, and dream; and for many of us, Winnie the Pooh has earned a special place in our hearts.

The first book was written almost 100 years ago in 1926 by creator A. A. Milne, and — something that many are probably unaware of — Christopher Robin was actually based on a real boy in England, and Winnie the Pooh on a real bear.

The real Christopher Robin is Christopher Robin Milne — a boy none other than the son of A. A. Milne. He was given a small stuffed toy bear by his father on his first birthday which he named “Edward Bear.” He later renamed his bear to “Winnipeg” — the name of a real bear he saw at London Zoo — a bear which would later become the inspiration for the character Winnie the Pooh.

He loved playing with his teddy bear so much that his father bought him more stuffed toys. Christopher would play with them all together and in his imagination they became Pooh Bear’s best friends.

Christopher and his stuffed toys would be the basis and inspiration for his father’s hugely successful books and poems that captured the imagination of children around the world.

Today, Christopher’s original Pooh Bear toy and his four friends — Piglet, Eeyore, Tiger and Kanga — are on display at The New York Public Library and is open to anyone wanting to come and see them.

There is no doubt that to many people Winnie the Pooh is — and will always be — one of the most lovable bears of all time.