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Note: This website is based upon the books by A. A. Milne. There are differences
between the original books and the subsequent movies, shows, and books.
I defer to the original books for the definitive answers.

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Question #101: In the End, Did Christopher Robin Really Leave Pooh?

I recall seeing a Pooh picture sometime ago that depicted Pooh very much waiting for Christopher Robin's return. In the end, did Christopher really leave Pooh Bear?
Regards,
P.
Pooh Answer #101: C Robin
Technically, yes. Just like in the song "Puff the Magic Dragon", the boy grew up. Christopher Robin Milne goes on to become a schoolboy.

Excerpts from "The House at Pooh Corner", Chapter X, by A.A. Milne
"I like that too," said Christopher Robin, "but what I like doing best is Nothing."
"How do you do Nothing?" asked Pooh, after he had wondered for a long time.
"Well, it's when people call out at you just as you're going of to do it, What are you going to do, Christopher Robin, and you say, Oh nothing, and then you go and do it."
"Oh, I see," said Pooh.
"This is the sort of thing that we're doing right now."...

Then, suddenly again, Christopher Robin, who was still looking at the world, with his chin in his hands, called out, "Pooh!"
"Yes?" said Pooh.
"When I'm --- when --- Pooh!"
"Yes, Christopher Robin?"
"I'm not going to do Nothing any more."
"Never again?"
"Well, not much. They won't let you."
Pooh waited for him to go on, but he was silent again.
"Yes, Christopher Robin?" said Pooh helpfully.
"Pooh, when I'm --- you know --- when I'm not doing Nothing, will you be here sometimes?
"Just me?"
"Yes, Pooh."
"Will you be here too?"
"Yes, Pooh, I will be, really. I promise I will be, Pooh."
"That's good," said Pooh.
"Pooh, promise you won't forget about me, ever. Not even when I'm a hundred."
Pooh thought for a little.
"How old shall I be then?"
"Ninety-nine."
Pooh nodded.
"I promise," he said.
Still with his eyes on the world Christopher Robin put out a hand and felt for Pooh's paw. "Pooh," said Christopher Robin earnesstly, "if I --- if I'm not quite ---" he stopped and tried again --- "Pooh, whatever happens, you will understand, won't you?"

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Question #102: What is "Windsday"?

My sister-in-law has a Pooh calendar. It's a wooden one with the blocks for the days, including birthdays and holidays. Well, one of the blocks is "Windsday" and she wanted to know what it was for, so we began looking on the net. I found your site. I was wondering if you could answer the question, "What is Windsday?"
Bonnie O'B
Pooh Answer #102:
Windsday is Wednesday. However, today must also be "Windsday" because it is so blustery outside. The word isn't in the books by A. A. Milne. The term comes from the Disney movie "Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day".

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Question #103: Do You Have A Quote For A Baby Shower Invite?

Hi. My sister is expecting her first child in May and we are having a shower for her - with the classic Pooh theme. We... are putting the invitations together ourselves. We would like to put a Pooh quote or phrase in the invitation - do you have any suggestions?
Thank you!
L. V.
Kanga Answer #103: Roo
I couldn't find a perfect phrase. How about this humorous one about a child...
Excerpt from the book "Winnie-the-Pooh" by A. A. Milne
Kanga said to Roo, "Drink up your milk first, dear, and talk afterwards."
So Roo, who was drinking his milk, tried to say he could do both at once...
and had to be patted on the back and dried for quite a long time afterwards.

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Question #104: What Do You Know About Winnie-the-Pooh Books Illustrated by Helen Page?

I recently purchased, at a used book store, a 1946 edition of "Winnie-The-Pooh." This edition was published by John Martin's House, Inc. and has illustrations by Helen Page. The book also notes that 'this is the only authorized 50 cent Edition for sale in the United States and Canada.' What do you know about this edition? Why was the book published with illustrations other than E.H. Shepard?
Thank you very much!
Terri
Pooh Answer #104:
Helen Page's PoohUnfortunately, we do not have any good resources or expertise in the area of Pooh merchandise. However your question was so interesting, I thought I'd share you comments along with an image of the book in question. As you pointed out in a follow-up email, Helen Page's Pooh is a fluffy, golden teddy-bear type bear, and does not wear a shirt. He's not as portly as the modern Pooh. Her Piglet is very cute too.

This book can be found for auction occasionally on ebay.
The original Pooh books were published by a different company. Each publisher can select their own illustrator. It may be that John Martin's House either didn't want to pay royalties to E.H. Shepard, couldn't come to terms with E.H. Shepard, or simply preferred the work of Helen Page.

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Question #105: Does Winnie-the-Pooh Have A Middle Name?

Hello. Does Winnie-the-Pooh have a middle name? If he does, it wouldn't be "the", would it? I'm sorry if this question comes off really dumb to you, but I've been arguing with my boyfriend for a couple weeks on this issue.
Thank you for your time.
Adrienne
Pooh Answer #105:
The joke goes:
Question: What does Bozo the Clown and Winnie the Pooh have in common?
Answer: The same middle name!
You could go with "the" or "ther" as a middle name if you wish to assign him one. He has no other "middle name". It's really a stretch to suggest that "Pooh" is a last name. Therefore, it's probably a stretch to actually suggest "the" or "ther" is a middle name.

You could argue that the name "Winnie-the-Pooh" is similar to an old English way of referring to someone by name and profession. It is his first name followed by his profession. ie. "William the Shoemaker". Through time, this became his first and last name: William Shoemaker.

To answer your question directly, Winnie-the-Pooh is his first name. He has no middle or last name.

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Question #106: Do Any Of The Characters Know Who Their Parents Are?

I was wondering WHO IS ROO'S FATHER?
i thought maybe you'd know the answer...
Melissa
Kanga Answer #106: Roo
We are only given limited knowledge about the character's parents. Of course all of the characters have parents. We just aren't introduced to many of them. In fact, we are not introduced to any of the character's parents except Roo. Roo's mother is Kanga. We never meet Roo's father.

We are also introduced to a number of Rabbit's friends and relations. Piglet tells us about his Grandfather Trespassers William, and Owl tells us about a couple of his relatives.

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Question #107a: Are Your Character Addresses Correct?
Question #107b: Which of The Character's Actually Lived In The 100 Aker Woods?
Question #107c: What Is The Difference Between "The Forest" And "The Hundred Aker Woods"?

I can't help but be mystified by the mistake nearly everyone makes -- Disney, most Milne readers, your Web site, countless other Web sites -- in confusing "the Forest" with "the Hundred Acre Wood" in Milne's books. So here is a serious question for your list: What is the difference between "the Forest" and "the Hundred Acre Wood"?
John Wheeler
Owl Answer #107:
John Wheeler provides this support for his statement...
"The Hundred Acre Wood is but a small part of the Forest -- that small part more or less centered on Owl's old house. That is so even on the original map in "Winnie-the-Pooh". Christopher Robin (for example) lives "at the top of the Forest", not "at the top of the Hundred Acre Wood". He would live (to take a cue from your system) at 100 Forest East, not 100 Aker Woods East. Pooh and Piglet (on that blustery day in "The House At Pooh Corner") visit literally everyone else in the Forest before they finally get into the shelter of the Hundred Acre Wood and visit Owl at his original residence... which soon isn't anymore".

"The original places in England are Ashdown Forest and the Five Hundred Acre Wood. They are next to each other, but the 500 Acre Wood is not enclosed by Ashdown Forest (as the 100 Aker Wood see ms to be surrounded by the Forest, at least to me, in t he Pooh books)
".

We believe John's analysis to be valid, and greatly appreciated. Based on this, it appears only Owl ever really lived in the 100 Aker Woods, and that was only until his house "The Chestnuts" blew down and he moved into "The Wolery" (Piglet's house).

The addresses we use are based more on the common perception. In this context, the addresses are correct, even though they are not technically accurate. We use the misspelled "Aker" for "Acre" because that's the spelling Christopher Robin used in the map that he and Mr. Shepard drew, and to help differentiate this site from others. Since we literally created these addresses, it is interesting to see what other sites on the net have adopted our copyrighted addresses.

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Question #108a: Why Didn't Eeyore or Owl Know That Owl's New House Belonged to Piglet?
Question #108b: Why Is Owl's New House Called "The Wolery"?

When Eeyore found Owl's new house,why didn't Eeyore or Owl know it was Piglet's house? Almost everyone else knew it.

Another question relating to Owl's New House, is why did he call it "The Wolery"? I know Owl thinks his name is spelled W-O-L, so if he named it after him, it would actually be "The Owlery". What does he mean by, "The Wolery"? I can understand the name for Owl's Old House, "The Chestnuts", but what does this mean?
Thanks,
Patricia
Owl Answer #108:
I think Owl knew, but was more than happy to ignore the fact. Only Eeyore didn't know, and he was so proud of himself for finding a new house for Owl, that no one had the heart to tell him the house had already belonged to Piglet.

In this context, an Owlery is "a place for Owls". Since OWL spells his name WOL, Wolery is "a place for Owl's".

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Question #109: In the Books, Does Rabbit Have a Garden, or is it Something Disney Created?

In the books,does Rabbit have a garden,or is it something Disney created?
Frederick R.
Rabbit Answer #109:
There are no references to gardening at all in the books by A. A. Milne. Therefore, Rabbit's garden is a Disney creation.

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Question #110: Which Disney Character Deviates the Most from Milne's Original?

Which Disney character deviates the most from Milne's original? I think it's Tigger, but my friend here swears it's Owl, who is nowhere near as funny in the cartoons. What's your expert opinion?
Thanks,
Bee
Pooh Answer #110:
I like your question. I feel there are potentially five good answers:
  1. Gopher, because he wasn't in the original works at all.
  2. You could argue in favor of Tigger, but a lot of those changes are more positive than negative. It was Disney, after all, that came up with TTFN, rubber and springs.
  3. Rabbit has a garden, which was not Milne, and he has gotten fussier and considerably more bossy.
  4. Owl had a wry wit, albeit from an innocent arrogance in the Milne work. I am not familiar with the recent Disney modifications to him.
  5. Piglet, because he has undergone a character change. For example: Disney has him doing laundry, which is silly, because Milne's Piglet is much happier dirty.
If I had to chose one, I would argue it is #5, Piglet, because it was the most profound character trait change.

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