2016 is a historic year for not one but two British icons, as it’s the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen and the 90th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh’s first publication and arrival in the Hundred Acre Wood.
It just so happens that A. A. Milne’s book, Teddy Bear and the Other Songs from When We Were Very Young, was dedicated to Princess Elizabeth upon her birth when it was published in 1926. Now, this new adventure is the first time the Pooh actually gets to share a story with Her Majesty in one of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories.
Disney has brought the two historic figures together in this brand new illustrated and audio adventure, Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal Birthday. The tale features Pooh’s journey from the Hundred Acre Wood to London taking in the city’s sights and (spoiler alert) meeting The Queen herself.
Illustrations are drawn in the classic E. H. Shepard style by Mark Burgess, and the audio adventure is narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent. Broadbent was excited to be a part of this momentous literary event, telling the BBC, “I have been a fan of Winnie-the-Pooh since I was a boy, in fact I named my very first and much loved teddy ‘Pooh’ and that can only have been after the A. A. Milne character. I’ve loved being part of this story to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday and Winnie-the-Pooh’s 90th anniversary; it’s been an honour to narrate such an iconic story and I want to wish both Her Majesty The Queen and Winnie-the-Pooh a very Happy 90th!”
As Christopher Robin once said, “A present should be something to treasure,” and this adorable adventure is the perfect gift for the 90th anniversary of two of Britain’s most well-known icons.
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