Winnie the Pooh

When my children were born, Winnie the Pooh was kind of a big deal. People were decorating their nurseries with all the characters at that time. I didn’t. As soon as something gets over marketed, I am done with it. Another example…I always wanted a Cabbage Patch Doll but as soon as everyone was stampeding  people to get one I was done with it. The other night a bunch of teachers I work with and myself were sorting books for our school literacy night. There were several Winnie the Pooh books in the mix. I declared, “I dislike Winnie the Pooh. I really didn’t read too many of those books to my two boys.” Several colleagues looked at me like I was nuts. No one said anything. (Crickets chirping)

Today in my classroom I read the book, Finding Winnie, to my students. Do you know this book? You should read it! I have a new like for Winnie the Pooh after reading this book. My fourth
graders loved it! I came across this book at the WSRA convention. Sunday Cummins used it in her presentation when she talked about reading across two texts. I also bought the other book that she diacussed. They are excellent!

Needless to say I have a new appreciation for Winnie the Pooh. I now know the back story and appreciate it so much more.

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Author: ineverleft4thgrade

Daughter/Wife/Mom/Business Partner/Teacher/Sister/Friend I love to learn and to try new things! Follow me @sroeck319 on Twitter.

6 thoughts on “Winnie the Pooh”

  1. I am with you when something is over marketed, or too common as my marketing major daughter says, I am over it! I like to be unique. that being said, my mom always called my youngest daughter Pooh Bear and still does. Needless to say, we fell in love with this book too.

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  2. Wow! So I didn’t know there was a back story to Winnie the Pooh. I wish I would have then maybe I would have read them to my girls. Guess it’s never too late to start. My oldest is in 4th now. If your kiddos liked maybe I’ll try it! 🙂

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  3. Wish I would have known there was a back story then maybe I would have read Winnie the Pooh to my girls. Better late than never! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I’m 57 and grew up with my dad reading Winnie the Pooh to us. My mom would read sometimes, too. I think it’s the memory of a cozy bed, my brother and dad sitting in bed with me, listening to his soothing voice. I grew up dragging that darn bear everywhere; you know, the one your parents HAVE to go back and find it!
    I met an older gentleman on a plane ride many years ago and he told me the story behind Winnie the Pooh. I never knew! Now I will have to go find these books! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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  5. In Estonia we didn’t have the Disney craze of Winnie the Pooh. Just read the original book and saw a Russian cartoon. I liked the story as a child and I have enjoyed it even more as an adult. Thank you for recommending “Finding Winnie.”

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  6. I’m getting ready to start a biography unit with my 3rd graders and your post is making me think I need to go to the library to get these books you recommended. I must admit, I grew up watching the Winnie the Pooh cartoon movies and loved them. I still think of people’s personalities and will say “They are such an Eeyore (or Piglet or Tiger)!!” And I really should read all the books and not be influenced by just knowing the characters from watching on TV. Maybe a summer project!

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