Famous Bears

Who doesn't love a teddy bear?Especially the ones from fiction, film, and television.

Winnie the Pooh -- A. A. Milne first wrote stories for his son, Christopher Robin Milne, and his collection of toys which included the bear of very little brain, also called Winnie-the-Pooh,  Pooh Bear, or just Pooh for short. (When his arms were stuck in the air for nearly a week, he tried to blow a fly off his nose - 'pooh'.) Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) was followed by The House at Pooh Corner (1928). Poems about Pooh Bear appeared in When We Were Very Young (1924) and Now We Are Six (1927). E. H. Shepard illustrated each volume. The original toys are on display at the New York Public Library's Main Branch. 

Paddington Bear, who arrived from Darkest Peru in a children's book by Michael Bond in 1958, went on to more adventures beyond A Bear Called Paddington -- twenty more, in fact! And this is the first bear I ever had, not as a child but as an adult, bought from Harrod's in London back in the early 1980s.

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