The Winnie the Pooh stories – where the fictional character Christopher Robin plays in the woods with his teddy-bear friends – can perhaps lead us to form the assumption that the real boy’s childhood, too, was both idyllic and magical. Naturally, many of us imagine his experience to be one of innocence, playfulness and adventure.
But this wasn’t quite the case. In fact, the true Christopher Robin actually faced many difficulties in his childhood and also later in adult life. What’s more, he even came to dislike the bear that ended up being such a big part of his life.
Winnie the Pooh, his friends, and the Hundred-Acre Wood were first introduced to us in the collection of poems When We Were Very Young, which was published in 1924. For almost a century now, the stories have been enjoyed by both children and adults alike. And they are still inspiring films today, such as Disney’s Christopher Robin, which was released in 2018.
In these very first tales, Christopher Robin plays in the Hundred-Acre Wood without a care in the world. His main concerns include sourcing his best friend Winnie the Pooh’s next supply of honey, going on an expedition to find the North Pole, and throwing woodland parties for his friends – Piglet, Eeyore, Owl and Rabbit.