“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?'” That’s the children’s writer A.A. Milne, born in London in 1882.
Milne went to school for mathematics, but ended up spending most of his time writing. He wrote a mediocre novel and then he started writing plays, and he ended up writing 27 of them. And he published pieces in the humor magazine Punch.
In 1924, Milne applied his long-time talent for light verse to a collection of children’s poems titled When We Were Very Young. This book included poems such as “Buckingham Palace” and “Halfway Down,” which were inspired by his 4-year-old son’s pastimes. In 1927, Milne wrote a second volume of verse for young readers, titled Now We Are Six.
Milne’s greatest and enduring successes, however, were his books Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928). These two volumes told the adventures of a young boy named Christopher Robin, named after after Milne’s own son (Christopher Robin Milne), and his animal playmates, who were inspired by the real Christopher Robin’s stuffed toys.
A bear named Winnie-the-Pooh was the central character, accompanied by gloomy donkey Eeyore, bouncy tiger Tigger, kind kangaroo Kanga and her baby Roo, wise Owl and shy Piglet.
The adventures of Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, illustrated by artist Ernest H. Shepard, were all best-sellers and made Milne a household name.