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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 #126: What Did Pooh Say About "Unbirthdays"?
I know Pooh spoke about unbirthdays. What did he have to say, and where did he say it?
Obo from Texas

Pooh Answer #126:
Winnie-the-Pooh didn't say anything about "unbirthdays". You'll find references to "unbirthdays" in Alice in Wonderland. An "unbirthday" is celebrated on any day that is not the celebrants' birthday.

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Question #127: Why Does Eeyore Eat Thistles?
I came across a reference to Aesop's "The Ass and the Thistle" and I was wondering if there was some connection to this and why Eeyore eats thistles? I tried to search it, but couldn't come up with anything. Thank you!
Erin from Grand Forks, ND

Eeyore Answer #127:
Eeyore enjoys a donkey's diet which includes thistles. Donkeys also eat grass, straw, hay, tree leaves, bark, gorse bushes, wild flowers, and brambles. Check out Clovelly Donkeys for more information on Donkeys.

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Question #128: Who Is Darby?
My son has recently started watching "My Friends Tigger and Pooh" on Playhouse Disney. When I first saw the new show, I thought it was strange that Christopher Robin wasn't there. Instead was a little girl by the name of Darby. Then I thought that it would make sense that Christopher Robin had moved on and maybe this was his daughter or other younger relative the animals had been gifted to. Then my husband saw an episode where Christopher Robin makes an appearance, still as a young boy. Maybe a cousin? What is Christopher Robin's role in this series? What is his relation to Darby? Thanks. This website is fantastic.
Jennifer from Lompoc, CA

Answer #128:
Darby is the 6-year-old red-haired girl who appears in this new Disney series "My Friends Tigger and Pooh", an interactive, educational television series for preschoolers. She was not in any of the books by A.A. Milne. Darby is a new friend of Pooh and Tigger. Darby also has a puppy named Buster. Together, they solve mysteries in the 100 Aker Woods. While Christopher Robin is not a main character, he does make special appearances as the young boy we always knew. His first appearance was in Season 1, Episode 18 entitled "Many Thanks for Christopher Robin". [We understand that he appears due to overwhelming demand from parents who were very disappointed that Christopher Robin was not part of the series when it debuted earlier in 2007]. Darby is a friend of Christopher Robin, and is not a relative.

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Question #129: Why Does Christopher Robin Leave?
What do you think is the most suitable explanation for Christopher Robin going away in the last story?
Mike Leung

CR Answer #129:
At the end of the second book, Christopher Robin has a great discussion with Winnie-the-Pooh before he parts ways with Pooh and his friends in the 100 Aker Woods. This is a sign of Christopher Robin maturing.

Christopher Robin talking to Winnie-the-Pooh: "I'm not going to do Nothing any more".
Pooh: "Never again?"
Christopher Robin: "Well, not so much. They don't let you."

Still with his eyes on the world Christopher Robin put out a hand and felt for Pooh's paw.
"Pooh," said Christopher Robin earnestly, "if I---if I'm not quite---" he stopped and tried again---"Pooh, whatever happens, you will understand, won't you?"


Christopher Robin is growing up and he is leaving this part of his childhood behind, although he does let Pooh know that he won't be forgotten.

So they went off together. But 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.

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Question #130: What's the Significance About the Number 68 on Pooh Clothing?
Why does the pooh merchandise have the number 68?
Brett from Columbus, OH and Curt, from Windham, ME

Pooh Answer #130:
The number "68" is sewn into official Winnie-the-Pooh clothing as a way to differentiate it. According to Disney, "The number '68' has significance in the fact that the animated feature 'Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day' was released in 1968. It also was the only Winnie-the-Pooh film to win an Academy Award for an animated short film."

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Question #131: What is Elevenses?
If I were invited to "elevenses" in the 100 Aker Woods, what exactly would that entail? Is it a party of sorts?
Pamela, from Virginia

Pooh Answer #131:
Elevenses is the plural of Eleven. "Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the morning..." Elevenses is a meal that is similar to afternoon tea, but eaten in the morning. It is generally less savoury than brunch, and could consist of some cake or bread and a cup of tea. Winnie the Pooh preferred honey and a little condensed milk.

"Rabbit said, 'Honey or condensed milk with your bread?' [Pooh] was so excited that he said, 'Both,' and then as not to seem greedy, he added, 'but don't bother about the bread, please.'"

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Question #132: Where Exactly Does This "Promise me..." Quote Come From?
I am trying to find this information for a library patron. What page number and in what book is the quote: "Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." (Christopher Robin to Pooh). Please provide publication information also. Is this from the original Winnie the Pooh book, or another one? Thanks for any information you can provide.
Jo Anne, from Illinois

Pooh Answer #132:
I get questions about quotes all the time. It's surprising how many aren't accurate or aren't phrases written by Milne. This phrase is not in either book by A. A. Milne. I believe this quote is from the 1997 Disney movie "Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin".

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Question #133: Was "The Tigger Movie" Based Upon a Book by A.A. Milne?
Was the story of the Tigger Movie a real A.A. Milne story?
Tyler, from Massachusetts

Pooh Answer #133:
While "The Tigger Movie" (released in 2000 by Disney) was based upon the characters from the Winnie-the-Pooh books written by A. A. Milne, the movie was not directly based upon any book written by Milne.

Of note, according to The Unofficial DisneyWiki, The Tigger Movie "was the first feature-length theatrical Pooh film to not be a collection of previously-released shorts, which is the case with 1977's The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Thanks to its success, two more feature-length Pooh movies were released to theaters: "Piglet's Big Movie" in 2003 and "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" in 2005". "The Tigger Movie" features original songs from the Sherman Brothers.

Disney's "Winnie the Pooh Movie" released in 2011 was also based upon the characters from the Winnie-the-Pooh books written by A. A. Milne but the movie was not directly based upon any book written by Milne.

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Question #134: What are "Blue Braces"?
What is the reference to blue braces in Pooh literature? Is Christopher Robin afflicted with polio?
Linda from Connecticut

CR Answer #134:
No, not those type of braces. I believe Milne is referring to blue "suspenders" which help keep his pants up. (Braces are used instead of a belt).

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Question #135: What are the Words to Eeyore's Poem That Becomes the "Rissolution"?
I am looking for the words to Eeyore's Poem that becomes the "rissolution" in the House at Pooh Corner. It would be great if you could "bounce" me the poetry. Thanks.
Phylor from New Jersey

Eeyore Answer #135:
Here is the excerpt from "House at Pooh Corner" by A. A. Milne

POEM
By Eeyore

Christopher Robin is going.
At least I think he is.
Where?
Nobody knows.
But he is going ---
I mean he goes
(To rhyme with "knows")
Do we care?
(To rhyme with "where")
We do.
Very much.
(I haven't got a rhyme for that "is" in the second line yet. Bother.) (Now I haven't got a rhyme for bother. Bother.) Those two bothers will have to rhyme with each other Buther.
The fact is this is more difficult than I thought, I ought --- (Very good indeed) I ought To begin again, But it is easier To stop.
Christopher Robin, good-bye,
I
(Good)
I
And all your friends
Sends---
I mean all your friend
Send ---
(Very awkward this, it keeps going wrong) Well, anyhow, we send Our love END.
"If anyone wants to clap," said Eeyore when he had read this, "now is the time to do it."

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Question #136: Where Can I Find the Song "Learning With Pooh"?
I can't seem to find anywhere to download a free mp3 file for that one song, Learning With Pooh (I think it was called) by Steve Nelson. The one that says "You can study with your buddy and answer some questions with can you guess who? We're thinking and learning with Winnie the Pooh" I would really appreciate it if you could inform of a link or something pertaining to that. I used to watch this show all the time when I was little, and I just recently took an interest in it again about a week ago. Thanks for your time and help.
Tony from Winkler, MB, Canada

Pooh Answer #136:
It's called "Pooh's Restaurant Dream / Pooh Bear". It's on Steve Nelson's Album entitled "Listen What the Katmandu". You can buy the CD or download the CD on Amazon or download just the mp3 for 99 cents.

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Question #137: Was the 2011 "Winnie the Pooh Movie" Based Upon the Books by A.A. Milne?

Pooh Answer #137:
Disney's "Winnie the Pooh Movie" (69 minutes) released on April 15, 2011 in the UK, and July 15, 2011 in the USA, was indeed based upon the characters from "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "The House at Pooh Corner" written by A. A. Milne and it includes concepts from three stories that were not previously animated by Disney. Specifically, Eeyore's lost tail, and the "Backson" (voiced by Huell Howser), make their appearance here. Although A. A. Milne does receive a co-writer credit for the source material, the movie itself weaves the three stories with new material. Jim Cummings (the voice of Pooh and Tigger) is the only familiar voice returning. All the other vocal actors are new to the Winnie the Pooh franchise. See Pooh FAQ Answer #22 for details on the character voices.

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Question #138: What Was the Name of the Otter?

Pooh Answer #138:
There was no otter in the original books by A. A. Milne. However, Lottie the Otter was introduced in the 2009 book "Return to the Hundred Acre Wood" by David Benedictus, which takes place after Christopher Robin returns to the 100 Aker Woods from boarding school. It is illustrated by Mark Burgess in the style of E. H. Shepard. Lottie has a fine silver fur coat and golden eyes, red tongue and sharp white teeth. She prefers eels and frogs but will settle for canned sardines.

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Question #139: How Old is Christopher Robin?
How old is Christopher-Robin, the boy?
Anna from Japan

CR Answer #139:
Ageless. Seriously, in the books he is in preschool. At the end of the second book, he is heading off to first grade. Christopher Robin Milne (born August 21, 1920) upon whom the character in the book is based, passed away on April 20, 1995 at the age of 75. For more about Christopher Robin's death, please see Question and Answer #25.

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Question #140: Is it True That The British Want Winnie-the-Pooh Back?
Pooh Answer #140:
In Question and Answer #21 we told you the original stuffed Winnie-the-Pooh along with Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, and Tigger, are on display in the Children's Center of the New York Public Library. (Roo went AWOL some time ago). They have been residents of the library since about 1987 and are kept in an all-glass display case due to their fragile condition.

Apparently the British have indeed been asking the United States to return the stuffed animals to England. There has been on ongoing campaign to reunite the animals to the Hundred Acre Wood. It's even been reported that Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of England, asked Bill Clinton, former President of the USA, for their return in 1998. He was rebuffed.

We understand the library has indicated a willingness to allow the animals to tour England, on loan, as long as they could be properly cared for.

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Question #141: Do You Have A Serious Pooh Question?

Pooh Answer #141:
If You Have a Serious Winnie-the-Pooh Question That
You Are
ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY SURE
We Haven't Already Answered
,
Ask Us, and We'll Attempt to Answer It.

I would also appreciate any comments you may have.
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Updated 2015


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