October 5, 2009
On October 5, 2009, in conjunction with the publication of Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, the first authorized sequel to the last Winnie-the-Pooh novel in more than 80 years, Penguin Young Readers Group unveiled and presented a permanent mural for the original Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed animals that inspired the books—adding another chapter to its long history with Winnie-the-Pooh and the Library. Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, and Tigger have lived at The New York Public Library since 1987 and currently find their home in the Children’s Center at 42nd Street.
Jim Dale, Grammy Award-winning reader who voiced all of the characters in Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, gives the first official read from the new book to school children before the unveiling of Lottie the Otter. Paul LeClerc, president of The New York Public Library, and Don Weisberg, president of Penguin Young Readers Group, also spoke at the event.