Happy Birthday Winnie!
This summer, our beloved Winnie-the-Pooh turns 90. How is that possible you may ask? Winnie, originally known as Edward Bear, was given to Christopher Milne by his parents on his first birthday — August 21, 1921. Who could have guessed that the 18-inch-high teddy bear, from Harrods, would eventually become a literary superstar? Winnie and his companions have been on display at The New York Public Library since September 11, 1987.
The toys have had thousands of visitors over the years, and just the sight of them have moved some to tears. Winnie has also witnessed several marriage proposals, but has had to decline all wedding invitations. Although he is rather elderly and fragile, Winnie still has the power to bring such happiness to all who visit him.
Winnie is hoping to get lots of birthday wishes this year, so get our your pens and paper and make him a card! Children and caregivers are invited to make birthday cards for Winnie at our August 9 craft program. Birthday cards* can be dropped off at the Children's Center at 42nd Street or mailed to the address below. You can also send Winnie a electronic message* through the comment box. Winnie will be checking his mailbox every day.
c/o Children's Center at 42nd Street
The New York Public Library
476 Fifth Avenue, Room 84
New York, NY 10018
On August 20, 2011, the Children's Center will be hosting a party to celebrate Winnie's 90th birthday. We hope that Winnie fans, both young and old, will come in to take part in the festivities and give Winnie their best wishes.