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Celebrating Winnie-The-Pooh's 90th With A Rare Recording (And Some Hunny)

NPR | Feb. 22, 2014 2:08 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 22, 2014 6:44 p.m.

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On his first birthday, Christopher Robin Milne — son of A.A. Milne — was given a teddy bear. That bear became the inspiration for the Winnie-the-Pooh tales, the first of which appeared in 1924. Father and son are pictured above in 1926.

On his first birthday, Christopher Robin Milne — son of A.A. Milne — was given a teddy bear. That bear became the inspiration for the Winnie-the-Pooh tales, the first of which appeared in 1924. Father and son are pictured above in 1926.

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This month, A.A. Milne’s beloved bear celebrates a big birthday. Winnie-the-Pooh made his first appearance as “Edward Bear” in a short poem titled “Teddy Bear” which was published in Punch magazine on Feb. 13, 1924.

In honor of Pooh’s 90th, we’ll listen back to a rare, 1929 recording, in which Milne reads from the resulting book, When We Were Very Young.

So find a pot of your favorite “hunny” and click the audio link above to hear Milne’s reading.

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