The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh
A. A. Milne’s classic stories Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner have delighted parents and children for nearly a century. The real landscape that inspired Milne and his illustrator E. H. Shepard was Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Part travelogue and natural history, this talk weaves history with humor, and birdsong with booklore. Kathryn Aalto tells the story of the real places and the rare flora and fauna in the forest that inspired Milne to create the Hundred Acre Wood, arguably the most beloved setting in children’s literature. Learn about Milne’s extraordinary childhood and remarkable writing career as well as his creative partnership with Shepard that captured generations of readers. Leave with a new understanding of how the Winnie-the-Pooh books are field guides for 21st-century Christopher Robins — hymns to those days of doing nothing yet learning everything.
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“Kathryn’s journey through the real landscapes that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood is delightful and insightful. Her presentation is not only an engaging travelogue through the hills and forests of England but also a deeper dive into the creative process, and nature as inspiration for writers and artists.” — Richard A. Kissel, PhD, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University