Winnie the Pooh, a.k.a. Pooh Bear, was born in 1926 when the English author Alan Alexander Milne created the ursine honey lover and his friends Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo based on his son Christopher Robin's toy collection. Christopher had named his favorite teddy bear after a Canadian black bear called Winnie (for Winnipeg, its birthplace) who resided at the London Zoo. Milne's first Pooh adventure, Winnie-the-Pooh, was illustrated by E.H. Shepard and published in October 1926. Now We Are Six a collection of poems and verses hit the stands in 1927, and The House at Pooh Corner arrived in 1928. The Pooh books became a firm favorite with kids everywhere and have been translated into more than 50 languages. In 1988, Walt Disney Studios adapted the stories into a series of animated feature films that spawned one of the most successful franchises of all time.
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