The Tale of Pooh

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NEW YORK: It was a story larger than a Heffalump. One day Pooh and his friends Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Kanga (not Roo, he got lost in the Hundred Acre wood) got caught in the middle of a Very Big Controversy. Ten years ago, you see, a friend of Christopher Robin's gave the toys as a gift to the New York Public Library, which everyone agreed was a Perfectly Legal Thing. Everyone, that is, except Gwyneth Dunwoody, a British Member of Parliament, who said yesterday that it was high time Pooh came home. Oh bother, thought Mr. Giuliani, the Mayor of New York. "They've been very happy here," he said, and besides, he added, New York had stopped being a colony a long time ago. Ms. Dunwoody disagreed, and pronounced Mr. Giuliani a Mayor of Very Little Brain. "Fair enough," she said, "I am happy to do battle with the Mayor of New York, any day he likes." The Mayor didn't like this and thought it would be a Good Idea to have his picture taken with the bear. And the press licked their lips at the thought of a story that would run and run like a pot of honey.

And Pooh? He sat thoughtfully in his glass case, and said nothing at all.