|Eeyore Alone by Ernest H. Shepard|
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My dad used to read me the Pooh books when I was a little girl and I remember how delighted I was to visit the cosy haven of The Hundred Acre Wood. I still identify with Eeyore as he forever plods through his own little corner, "Eeyore's Gloomy Place: Rather Boggy and Sad."
I was fond of all the characters, most of all silly Pooh Bear, brave Piglet, playful Tigger and of course, poor Eeyore. Christopher Robin may have been the dear little boy who anchored the stories, but the animal inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood are eternally engaging for me because of their human foibles -- and the grace of Milne's gentle wit.
These charming characters are timeless. Do you have any special childhood memories from Winnie the Pooh or The House at Pooh Corner?
Happy birthday, Eeyore!
Coming up -- an interview with Kathryn Erskine, author of the 2010 National Book Award winner, Mockingbird -- and a giveaway of a signed copy!