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Happy Birthday Winnie-the-Pooh! Listen to A.A. Milne read from When We Were Very Young

NPR has a short homage to everyone’s favorite bear of very little brain – Christopher Robin’s beloved Winnie-the-Pooh. It was 90 years ago this month that the immortal residents of the Hundred Acre Wood first made an appearance in “Teddy Bear,” published in Punch magazine on Feb. 13, 1924. Included in the Weekend Edition tip-of-the-hunny-pot is a recording made by Milne himself, in which we meet Pooh & Piglet, hunting the mysterious Woozle. Listen in!

I am the proud owner of a pre-Disney Winnie-the-Pooh, a permanent resident of my bedroom for over 50 years, along with Eeyore and his button-on tail. Memorizing the Pooh verses was one of my earliest pre-reading adventures, and I still remember when those words on the page actually turned into meaning in my head. I love any audiobook of Milne’s work, but have especially fond memories of the old LP recordings we had growing up in the 1950s, featuring Maurice Evans. Look what I found on YouTube!




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Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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