It’s an exciting time for the little bear who loves hunny! A brand new film ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ is due for release and now BBC Radio 4 has released some unseen sketches of Winnie the Pooh showing how the first book came to fruition.
As the video explains, in the first sketches Pooh was considered to be a grumpy looking figure, which meant the whole thing just didn’t work. In the end, Milne took inspiration from the real Christopher Robin’s teddy bear, creating the first sketches of the bear we can all recognise on sight.
Possibly the most interesting thing about the video is the fact that Winnie the Pooh was the first children’s book to lay text alongside the illustrations for that page, and it’s this that Milne said contributed to the book’s success. Almost all children’s books are written this way today, but Winnie the Pooh was the groundbreaking book that changed all of this.
The illustrations are fascinating and give a real insight into the creation of ‘Pooh Bear’. Watch the video below and see for yourself.
Anne Reardon from How To Cook That brings us her top ten books cakes of all time- as voted by her followers. She asked viewers to vote for their favourite book and after thousands of replies she tallied them up and ended up with a Top Ten Books list to include on her celebration cake.
The result is amazing! See how many well-loved books you can spot in the video below.
Jerry is best known for his literature written for teenagers and young adults, and has been lauded for his poetic and compassionate stories. He was awarded a Newbery Medal in 1991 for Maniac Magee.
Yeats used symbolism in his poetry, choosing and assembling words to give them meaning while suggesting significant abstract thought. His highly passionate poetry has inspired many fellow poets, writers, and creatives, including the lead singer of 20th century band The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan, who sadly passed away in January 2018. O’Riordan, a life-long Yeats fan, wrote Yeats’ Grave after she visited the place where he was buried.
O’Riordan was born and grew up in County Limerick, Ireland, and studied W.B. Yeats when she was at school. Speaking to Hot Press Magazine in 1994, Dolores expressed how her love for Yeats’ poetry felt at odds with the exam process, and vigorous analysis of the poetry.
Following his Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him by the Book Trust, author and illustrator Raymond Briggs spoke to BBC Newsnight. Newsnight’s culture correspondent Stephen Smith met Briggs at his cottage in Sussex for the interview below where he spoke as candidly as possible about his illustrations and the popularity that he gained.