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Winnie-the-Pooh FAQ

Your Frequently Asked Questions
And Other Things You Should Know

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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 #56: What is the Value of a First Edition copy of "Winnie-the-Pooh"?
Do you have an idea of what a first edition "Winnie-the-Pooh" is worth?
Paul DeVlieger

Pooh Answer #56:
The value is primarily dependant upon the condition of the book (cover, spine and pages). A clean book in mint condition is worth considerably more than one with worn or torn pages, weathered cover, broken spine, or marked pages. A book signed by A. A. Milne or E. H. Shepard can double or triple the value. I have seen postings by fine book houses on the net that offer these first editions for sale anywhere between $700 for an unsigned book in Very Good condition to over $4700 for a special "presentation copy" of the "Deluxe First Edition". Values will fluctuate. The bottom line value of any collectable is what a buyer is willing to pay.

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Question #57: When is Eeyore's Birthday?
One of my friends said that she used to celebrate eeyore's birthday. I was curious.
When is his birthday? Thank you very much for your time.


Eeyore Answer #57:
According to author A. A. Milne, Eeyore was given to Christopher Robin Milne for Christmas, 1921. That would make Eeyore's official birthday: December 25, 1921. However, Eeyore's birthday in the book, and Disney's movie short, clearly does not take place in the winter. Therefore, Eeyore's book birthday is open to your interpretation.

It was recently brought to my attention that your question may also have been in reference to the annual party in Austin, Texas which celebrates "Eeyore's Birthday" as a fundraiser to benefit non-profit groups. The year 2000 party (the 37th Annual party) was held on April 29. This celebration date clearly has no relation to Eeyore's official birthdate.

Birthdates of the Other Characters from the 100 Aker Woods
You will often see Winnie-the-Pooh's birthdate listed as October 14, 1926 --- the date of the first printing of the book "Winnie-the-Pooh". Using October 14, 1926 as Pooh's birthdate is entirely unjustified. It is a fact (as presented in the book "House at Pooh Corner") that Winnie-the-Pooh is one year younger than Christopher Robin. It is a fact that Pooh was given to Christopher Robin Milne on August 21, 1921 on the occasion of Christopher Robin Milne's first birthday. It is a fact that Christopher Robin's birthday is August 21, 1920. Therefore it follows that Winnie-the-Pooh's real birthday is August 21, 1921.

It would not be inappropriate however to use book publishing dates for other characters in the books since there is no other evidence to support any other reasonable date. Owl and Rabbit (two live animals from the woods that were not based upon stuffed counterparts) were arguably born on October 14, 1926 when the book "Winnie-the-Pooh" was first published in London. If you follow that logic, then Tigger's birthday would be October 1928 when "The House at Pooh Corner" was published.

Specific birth dates for the other characters are unknown except to say that Piglet was born between 1922 and 1925. Kanga and Roo "appeared" in 1925. Gopher who was "not in the book, you know" first appeared in Disney's 1965 movie short "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree".

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Question #58: Where is Galleons Lap, Pooh's Thoughtful Spot,
and the Enchanted Place?

Where is Galleons Lap, Pooh's Thoughtful Spot, and the Enchanted Place?

Pooh Answer #58:
There is a place at the very top of the Forest called Galleon's Lap where there are 63 or 64 trees in a great circle. Inside the circle of trees is a floor of comfortable close-set grass which is smooth and green. This quiet area is the Enchanted Place.

Pooh's Thoughtful Spot is located halfway between Pooh's house and Piglet's original house. It is protected from the wind and is a good spot for "deciding what to do today".

[Of note, on a map of the actual area, Galleon's Lap is really Gill's Lap and it's located in Ashdown Forest, while the Hundred Acre Woods is really the Five Hundred Acre Wood (comprised of giant beach trees)].

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Question #59: Was Gopher One of the Original Pooh Characters?
I thought I read somewhere once that Gopher was not an original character and that when Disney first introduced him, none of the readers of the original books liked him. Was he an original character? Did he (or was he meant to) replace an original character?
Diana Ezell

Gopher Answer #59:
Anytime someone changes a classic, there will be those dedicated readers and followers of the author who will not appreciate anything which was not true to the books. Disney has done an excellent job of keeping the characters alive for new generations who have never read the books. (Hey Mom! Hey Dad! Read "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "The House at Pooh Corner" by A. A. Milne to your kids. It's a really fun experience).

No, Gopher was not mentioned anywhere in the two books by A. A. Milne. Gopher is one of Disney's creations, which they do acknowledge in a running joke where Gopher says "Here's my card...I'm not in the book you know!" (Key phrase here is..."I'm not in the book you know"). Gopher is not a replacement for another character. He's a new addition.

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Question #60: How Can I Catch A Heffalump?
I would like my own Heffalump. How do I catch one?

Pooh Answer #60:
First, you must build a Cunning Trap, like a Very Deep Pit, and use Hunny for bait. Or if you are like Winnie-the-Pooh and love hunny so much that you can't stand the thought of using real hunny as bait, then use yellow cheese (because it looks like hunny) and put it in a jar marked "Hunny".

And just where does someone build a Very Deep Pit? According to Winnie-the-Pooh, the best place to build a Very Deep Pit is "somewhere where a Heffalump was, just before he fell into it, only about a foot further on".

And just how do you get it home if you happen to catch one? Simply "lead it home by a string, or it may come if you whistle". Easy enough?
An even easier way to get a Heffalump might be to adopt one. Hunnybee's Heffalump Adoption used to be a great place to adopt your very own Heffalump. They came in all sorts of shapes, colors, and sizes from which to choose.

Say hello to my Heffalump..."Spot".

Important: Please do not kidnap my Heffalump.
Thank you.

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Question #61: When Exactly is Winnie-the-Pooh Friendship Day?
When exactly is the Winnie the Pooh Friendship Day?
[I] recently bought a perpetual calendar and do not know when to use that tile.

M. Younggren

Pooh Answer #61:
I can understand your confusion. The day does not appear to have a set annual date. As best as we can determine, August 1 may be the "official" date although ceremonies occur around the last week of July and the first week of August. In 1997, it was celebrated at Walt Disney World on August 4. In 1998, it was celebrated in Winnipeg on July 26 and in New York City on August 3. In 1999, it is being celebrated at the United Nations on August 3 and Niagra Falls on August 8.

Winnie-the-Pooh Friendship Day began in 1997. It is an outgrowth of National Friendship Day, established by the United States Congress in 1935. To commemorate the 1997 event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, Mrs. Nane Annan, wife of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, presented Winnie-the-Pooh with the honorary title, "Ambassador of Friendship."

The Winnie-the-Pooh Friendship Day events have been sponsored by Mattel, Disney Consumer Products, the Department of Public Information, and local business groups.

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Question #62: What is Pooh's Original Color?
Someone told me Winnie-the-Pooh was brown before he got stuck in the honey bowl. They said after Winnie ate all that honey then he turned yellow. Is this how he turned yellow?
Kelly Alsop III

Pooh Answer #62:
Someone is teasing you, but it is a good story. The original stuffed bear which Christopher Robin Milne received was golden-brown in color. Pooh has generally been colored golden brown/yellow in the colorized illustrations of E. H. Shepard and the ongoing work by Disney animators. There is no other cause or particular reason Pooh is golden.

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Question #63: What is the Name of Winnie-The-Pooh's House
and Who Lives in the House at Pooh Corner?

What is the name of Winnie The Pooh's house? Where in the woods does Pooh live? Whats with the "House at Pooh's corner"? Could that be a name?
Topo from Australia

Eeyore Answer #63:
Winnie-the-Pooh's house does not have a name like some other houses in the 100 Aker Woods. However, there is the name "Mr. Sanders" on his house. "It means he had the name (Sanders) over the door in gold letters, and (Pooh) lived under it."

Eeyore lives in the "House at Pooh Corner". It is an A-frame house built of sticks around the bush from where Eeyore's old house used to be. It was built by Pooh and Piglet.

Owl used to live in "The Chestnuts" until his residence blew down. Eeyore "found" Owl his new home. Owl now lives in "The Wolery" which is the beech tree where Piglet used to live. Piglet now lives with Winnie-the-Pooh.

Back in 1997, we invented addresses for all of the characters in the 100 Aker Woods. Here's a quick reference chart.

Please do not use these addresses on other web pages. Thank you.
Winnie-the-Pooh100 Aker Wood West
PigletOriginal Address: Trespassers Will, 100 Aker Wood S.W., In a Beech Tree, South of Pooh's House
Current Address: 100 Aker Wood West, (Lives with Pooh)
EeyoreThe House at Pooh Corner, 100 Aker Wood Southeast, Eeyore's Gloomy Place
Tigger 100 Acre Wood North, (Lives with Kanga and Roo)
Rabbit100 Aker Wood North
Just South of the Sandy Pit Where Roo Plays
Kanga100 Aker Wood North
RooKanga's Pouch, 100 Aker Wood North
OwlOriginal Address: The Chestnuts, 100 Aker Wood East
Most Recent Address: The Wolery
(Formerly Piglet's House) 100 Aker Wood Southwest
GopherTunnels under the 100 Aker Wood
SmallThought to be somewhere in a Heffalump trap
Alexander BeetleLives with his Aunt in the 100 Aker Woods
Heffalumps, Jagulars,
Woozles and Wizzles
100 Aker Woods
Buzzing Sort of Bees100 Aker Wood North
Christopher Robin100 Aker Wood East
Very top of the Forest (High Ground)
Addresses are copyrights of Topher.

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Question #64: When Did Piglet Move to Pooh's House and Why?
When did piglet move to pooh's house and why? I always thought they lived in separte house?

Piglet Answer #64:
In the book "Winnie-the-Pooh" by A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet did live in separate houses. However, in the second book "The House at Pooh Corner", things changed. Owl's original house (The Chestnuts) blew down. Eeyore was determined to find a new house for Owl. And he did. Unfortunately, the house Eeyore found for Owl already belonged to Piglet, only Eeyore did not realize it, and Owl failed to notice. Eeyore was so proud of himself for finding Owl a new house that no one, including Piglet, had the heart to tell Eeyore the house already had an owner. Piglet had done "A Grand Thing" by giving up his house to Owl and allowing Eeyore to feel good. Pooh quickly volunteered to allow Piglet to stay with him. Thus also doing "A Grand Thing". Christopher Robin rewarded them with a hero party.

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