Maria Povoa made a tw**t that (via reader Grania Spingies) led me to a delightful recording of A.A. Milne reading a chapter from his book Winnie the Pooh. Here’s the tw**t:
Here’s the introduction to the five-minute video from Brain Pickings, written by Popova:
On February 13, 1924, Punch magazine published a short poem titled “Teddy Bear” by Alan Alexander Milne, one of the magazine’s editors and a frequent contributor. The poem, inspired by the stuffed teddy bear so dearly beloved by Milne’s four-year-old son Christopher Robin, was included in Milne’s collection of children’s verses,When We Were Very Young, illustrated by Punchstaff cartoonist E. H. Shepard and published later that year. But the bear’s very first appearance inPunch was the birth of Winnie-the-Pooh, which Milne released two years later and which went on to become one of the most timeless children’s books ever written.
In the summer of 1929, the Dominion Gramophone Company set out to capture prominent British authors reading from their work. In this rare recording, Milne reads the third chapter of his classic, “In Which Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle,” made all the more delightful by his enchantingly melodic voice — please enjoy:
I did enjoy! Click on the screenshot below to go to the recording, then click on the SoundCloud box:
I love Winnie the Pooh. I had all the Milne books, bought for me in England when I was five, and I can still recite “Now we are six” by heart. And I used to play Poohsticks in the Potomac River.
When I’m happy, I sometimes see myself as the bouncy Tigger:
But more often as the dolorous and depressive Eeyore:
I hope parents still buy these books for their kids; they’re surely timeless. Piglet! Owl! Kanga and Roo!