The Real-Life Boy and Bear Behind Winnie the Pooh

A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh has delighted readers for generations and usually brings back warm fuzzy feelings to those who look back and remember reading the books or watching the cartoon. But not many people know of the history of the author, his son – the real-life Christopher Robin, and how a soldier from World War I who owned a bear became the inspiration for the classic story.


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Christopher Robin Milne was a real person. He was the only child author A.A. Milne. But this little boy, who just loved to play with his teddy bear, was thrust into the spotlight before he was even old enough to understand what was going on. As many are unaware of the darkness underneath the book’s surface, this is a look into the history of Winnie the Pooh and the real people (and bears) that were involved.

It began in 1914…

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