Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Happy birthday, Eeyore!

Eeyore Alone by Ernest H. Shepard
Image credit Just-Pooh.com
Today is the birthday of Eeyore, the adored fictional donkey from A.A. Milne's classic, Winnie the Pooh. The UK Guardian ran a story to commemorate the day. Students at the University of Texas, Austin, celebrate the event every year. The party even has a Facebook page.

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!


Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, I didn't know. Love Eeyore and all things Pooh!

The Pen and Ink Blogspot said...

"Eeyore's Gloomy Place: Rather Boggy and Sad."

Sounds like my apartment.

My dad used to read me the owner's manual for his 1967 Chevrolet.

Otto Parts

Julie Musil said...

Oh, I love Eeyore! I did't know it was his birthday. I love all things Pooh.

Laura said...

I always loved Eyore too!

Lee Rae said...

Isn't Eeyore's tail stuck on with a tack? I always thought that was why he was so grumpy. I would read those books over and over again when I was around 8 years old. I would still read them today, but my co-workers would make fun of me.

Megan Frances Abrahams said...

Thanks so much for commenting everyone.

I love all things Pooh, too Corey.

Otto, at least your dad read to you!

Yes Laura, Eeyore is quite an amusing little character.

You're right, Lee Rae. Christopher Robin had to tack Eeyore's tail on after it fell off. I think Eeyore was happy to have his tail back but the operation couldn't have been pleasant. It would be fun to re-read the Pooh books today. Maybe you could cover the book with brown paper -- or read it on a Kindle. I'm sure your co-workers would never suspect Winnie-the-Pooh was hiding underneath.