Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)

"Pooh Shepard1928" by Illustration to page 3 of Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) by artist E. H. Shepard. Scan from Bibliodyssey. Licensed under Fair use of copyrighted material in the context of Winnie-the-Pooh via Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pooh_Shepard1928.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Pooh_Shepard1928.jpg
“Pooh Shepard1928” by Illustration to page 3 of Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) by artist E. H. Shepard. Scan from Bibliodyssey. Licensed under Fair use of copyrighted material in the context of Winnie-the-Pooh via Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pooh_Shepard1928.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Pooh_Shepard1928.jpg

Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) is A.A. Milne’s first book of stories about Winnie-the-Pooh.  More stories will follow in The House at Pooh Corner. The book tells the adventures of a very human teddy bear, Winnie-the-Pooh and his equally human (but very different from Pooh and from each other) friends: Piglet, a timid toy pig; Eeyore, a lugubrious donkey; Owl, a real “wise owl”; and the extroverted Rabbit. Soon Kanga, a motherly kangaroo, and her irrepressible young son, Roo, are also introduced. Tigger, the bouncy enthusiastic tiger is not introduced until the sequel, The House at Pooh Corner.

Portions of the book were adapted from previously published stories. The first chapter was adapted from “The Wrong Sort of Bees”, a story published in the London Evening News in its issue for Christmas Eve 1925.

Winnie the Pooh is still in copyright in many parts of the world, but the text (not the pictures by Shepard) is out of copyright in New Zealand since the author, A. A. Milne died in 1956. I reproduce the stories here for those living in places where they are thus legally free to listen to them 🙂

Since these stories are still copyright in the USA and Europe I have not been able to produce them for Librivox or Legamus, and so they have not had the same proofing as my other readings, so if you spot an error, or a place where the reading or sound quality could be better please help me by letting me know (do use the comments below).

Audio Book: M4B format available

Here are the individual stories (MP3 format):

7 thoughts on “Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)”

    1. Thanks 🙂

      Though to make a proper DVD would be expensive, and this way all the stories can be freely available.

  1. Delightful. We have an old Maurice Evans recording from the ’50s. These stories produce a wonderful silence. The last time I read one out loud to others was at a traditional Christmas concert around the turn of the century. Love the voices. No way this should be copyright by Disney. They don’t have the right feel for the words and great as they are at animation, their Pooh is too ‘hot’ in the Macluhanesque sense of the word. The images leave too little to the imagination.

    1. Well, here and in Canada, and in some other sensible places, the text is free of copyright, though the delightful pictures by Shepherd will have to wait a while…

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