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In Which We Make an Expotition to the Hundred Acre Wood

October 29, 2015

Poohsticks Bridge Sign

Who won the game of Poohsticks? Was it Ari Shapiro, host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” — or me, author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh? To find out, take a listen to the podcast on National Public Radio here.

Ashdown Forest is the setting for the real Hundred Acre Wood. It is where A. A. Milne and his wife Daphne raised their son, Christopher Robin. Here in the atmospheric woodlands and sandy heathlands, the stories were created for some of the most beloved children’s stories ever written: Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928).

Since you’ve asked so politely, yes — it was absolutely surreal to walk around the forest and play games with the man I’ve heard on the radio for years.

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