So, it looks like we were lied to our entire childhood! Winnie the Pooh is not a boy. SHE is a girl and she's from Canada, not England. Really!
In a new picture book called we learn that Winnie is actually named after a black bear from London Zoo called Winnie, real name Winnipeg, reports . Winnipeg is Canadian!
The new book was written by Lindsay Mattick, who is the granddaughter of the soldier who was responsible for bringing Winnie to England. His name was Lieutenant Harry Colebourn and he bought the bear for just $20 during the First World War. They became inseparable, until he had to leave Winnie at the London Zoo so he could go off with his unit to France. SO SAD.
The author, along with illustrator Sophie Blackall, wanted to release the book to show the world how loved the bear was.
While Winnie the Pooh is referred to as a "he" in the books, the bear was actually inspired by a female IRL bear!
There's a happy ending though: Winnie got a new BFF quickly, a little boy who always visited her at the zoo. That boy's name was Christopher Robin. Making sense now? Little Christopher even named his own toy bear after Winnie. And who was Christopher's dad? Author A. A. Milne, who went on to write the classic Winnie books.
And you'll get to re-live your most nostalgic moments with the cute little bear of your childhood with Disney's Winnie the Pooh movie, Christopher Robin! A recently released teaser trailer shows a grown-up Christopher Robin (played by Ewan McGregor), who has to stay home for the weekend in order to work, even though he promised his wife and daughter he would go away on a trip with them. Christopher is disappointed, and puts his head in his hands, but then he's consoled by none other than Winnie herself. The trailer promises a "new adventure" with an "old friend," and I'm already bulk-ordering tissues for the cry-fest that is sure to ensue.
Check out the emotional trailer below:
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