Origins of Winnie-the-Pooh

By: Hannah

Who was the real Christopher Robin? He is a little boy named Christopher Robin Milne. He was the son of Dorothy Dae Sailencourt (mother) and Allen Alexander Milne (father). Christopher was born on August 21st, 1920, in Chelsey, London. On his first birthday, he got a stuffed bear which he named “Edward.” Throughout the years until he was nine years old, he and Edward, the bear, were close companions. His bear was known as Edward until C.R. (Christopher Robin) and his father went to a zoo and saw a Canadian black bear named Winnipeg. Winnipeg was used as a mascot during World War I. After they saw the black bear, Edward was renamed to “Winnie.” The “Pooh” part came from a swan C.R. saw while on vacation with his family. After a while, C.R. added other toys such as “Kanga” the kangaroo and her little kangaroo child named “Roo,” “Eeyore” the donkey, “Tigger” the tiger, and “Piglet” the pig.

The first time C.R.’s father mentioned his son’s bear, was in a poem published in February 1924. In 1925, when C.R. was 5 years old, his family bought a vacation home outside a forest called The Five Hundred Acre Wood, the reality version of Hundred Acre Wood that Winnie-the-Pooh lives in.

When Allen Milne saw the games his son was playing with the toys, he started writing stories about them extensively. However, “Rabbit” the yellow rabbit, and “Owl” the very smart owl, were not one of C.R.’s stuffed animals. Mr. Milne made them up to go in the story. C.R. said to his father while walking in the forest to get inspiration for his stories, that the Five Hundred Acre Wood and the Hundred Acre Wood were identical.

In 1925, Winnie-the-Pooh made his first appearance by name in the London newspaper. C.R. became famous without much of a say. He became bullied and teased in school because of it.

In 1930, Pooh was given his famous red shirt and became a household name and along with Christopher Robin’s name. When C.R. grew up, he married his first cousin named Leslie. His mother did not approve of the marriage not because she was his first cousin, but mostly because she did not have a good relationship with her brother, Leslie’s father.

It wasn’t until C.R.’s father was approaching his deathbed, he became impelled to visit him. After Allen Milne died, his relation with his mother was cut off permanently. When his father died, C.R. and Leslie had a baby girl named, Claire, who was born with cerebral palsy.  And even on her deathbed, she refused to have her son visit her. On April 20th, 1996, C.R. passed away in his sleep due to a muscular disease called Myasthenia Gravis at age 75

And that was the story of how Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin rose to fame.


Work Cited

Solo, Jon. http://www.YouTube Jan. 12, 2018. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBIF64Cf99s on May 30, 2018.

Samuleson, Kate. http://www.Time.com. October 13, 2017.  Retrieved from    http://time.com/4953156/goodbye-christopher-robin-true-story/  on June 1, 2018


Anxiety: How to Cope

By: Sierra

Anxiety, what is it? Well, anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry, and nervousness. In this article, we will talk about the history of it, the symptoms, and how to calm it. There are many types of anxiety, but we won’t get into all of them. Because to me, anxiety is anxiety no matter the name.

So let’s look deeper into the history when we are faced with harmful or worrying triggers, the feeling of anxiety is normal to us. In the early days of human time, the approach of predators sets off an alarm in the human body. The rush of adrenaline is a “fight or Flight” response. That causes a raised heartbeat and sweating.

Some symptoms of anxiety.

  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Fear
  • Rapid breathing
  • Heart pounding
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleep problems
  • Dry mouth
  • Not being able to stay calm or still

Now, remember if YOU have any of these signs often see a doctor. It might be anxiety or something else. If you think you have anxiety talk to someone you trust.

How to calm anxiety.

  1. Talk to someone you trust
  2. The smell of lavender can calm your nerves
  3. Exercise
  4. Breathing technique
  5. Question yourself while focusing on your breathing

Try some of these, if they don’t work look up what you can do. You could always go to the doctor to see if you can get a prescription if need be. Remember, you can get through anxiety. You can tame the beast!

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