Happy Winnie the Pooh Day!
January 18 is author A.A. Milne’s birthday and he of course is best-known for creating the much loved and loveable character Winnie the Pooh (or, as Christopher Robin says, ‘Winnie-ther-Pooh’). Since Milne and Winnie are now inextricably linked, people have decided that Milne’s birthday must also be called ‘Winnie the Pooh Day’ and I am sure neither would have minded that.
This week I’ve been reading one of the stories from the collection to the younger children and we’ve been having some fun with it. It is the story of Winnie the Pooh and Some Bees, in which our titular character tries very hard to get some honey from a hive at the top of a very tall tree. After crashing to the ground when climbing, Pooh has what I thought was a fantastic idea: to float up to the hive using a big, blue balloon borrowed from Christopher Robin, as illustrated above in the iconic and gorgeous original illustration by E.H. Shepard.
Unfortunately the bees become SUSPICIOUS and Winnie concludes that they are ‘the wrong sort of bees’ and is forced to beat a hasty retreat. The result is a frustrated bear whose arms are stuck above his head for over a week because they have stiffened so much from holding onto the balloon string.
We all had a laugh reading this story and also learned a little rhyme that accompanied it. It goes like this:
Isn’t it funny
How a bear likes honey?
Buzz, buzz, buzz:
I wonder why he does?
Learning little rhymes is a great way for young child to access the rhythm and vocabulary of a language – plus it’s fun! I now can’t get the poem out of my head…
What’s your favourite Winnie the Pooh story or rhyme?