Hear the Classic Winnie-the-Pooh Read by Author A.A. Milne in 1929

christopher-robinHere’s a rare recording from 1929 of the British author A.A. Milne reading a chapter of his beloved children’s book, Winnie-the-Pooh. Milne was a prolific writer of plays, novels and essays, but he was most widely known–much to his chagrin–as the creator of a simple and good-natured little bear.

Pooh was inspired by his son Christopher Robin’s favorite teddy bear. In Milne’s imagination, the stuffed bear comes alive and enters into little adventures (or one might say misadventures) with Christopher Robin and his other stuffed animals. The name “Winnie” was borrowed from a famous resident of the London Zoo: a black bear from Canada named for the city of Winnipeg. The young Christopher Robin liked visiting Winnie at the zoo. He also liked a graceful swan he saw swimming in a pond at Kensington Gardens, who he named “Pooh.” His father combined the two names to create one of the most popular characters in children’s literature.

Winnie-the-Pooh first appeared in stories and poems in popular magazines. In 1926 Milne collected them in a book, Winnie-the-Pooh, with illustrations by E.H. Shepard. Each chapter in the book is a self-contained episode or story. In the recording below, Milne reads Chapter Three (click here to open the text in new a window) “In Which Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle.”

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  1. Liz says . . . | May 28, 2013 / 11:03 am

    When I click the Free eBooks link, scroll down to Milne and attempt to view the books in ePub, Kindle, or PDF formats, I get the message: “The item is not available due to issues with the item’s content.”

  2. Amy Koss says . . . | May 28, 2013 / 6:00 pm

    Thank you for this! What a treat!

  3. Kris Kells says . . . | May 28, 2013 / 7:30 pm

    Oh, thank you! My mom used to read all of Pooh’s adventures to me when I was little. That was back in the 50’s. so many memories and laughs. That was just the best Pooh treat I have had in a while. Thank you so much.

  4. Margaret Rose STRINGER says . . . | May 29, 2013 / 1:30 pm

    My generation of baby boomers had a steady stream of this wonderful stuff throughout our childhoods, lucky us! – and I have most of Milne’s works on my shelves today.

    One thing I’ve noticed since listening to Douglas Adams reading “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is that authors reading their own material is not as good as it gets. But it’s still terrific.

  5. Kim K says . . . | May 29, 2013 / 2:28 pm

    Very cool! So glad we have the technology to listen to classics like this!!!

  6. Diphoko Thabo says . . . | May 29, 2013 / 10:47 pm

    Well done this is a interesting book n when you read it , you don’t get bored

  7. Liz says . . . | May 30, 2013 / 2:36 pm

    Great find. Also, what is this music in the video? Very hoi polloi!

  8. Akky says . . . | June 2, 2013 / 3:10 am

    This is WONDERFUL. Should be mandatory reading for kids. And adults.

  9. Shirley says . . . | June 7, 2013 / 9:11 pm

    What a wonderful treat to hear the author’s own voice reading his work! His Winnie the Pooh stories have been a favourite of mine since childhood. I read them with my children and hope to read them with my grandchildren someday.

  10. Christina says . . . | October 12, 2013 / 6:11 pm

    This is such a fantastic site! Thank you for all your hard work!

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