Brighton school students visit Winnie-the-Pooh’s house ahead of prequel release

A GROUP of school children met the author of the new Winnie the Pooh in the Forest book that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood.

Students from St Martin’s Church of England in Brighton visited the Winnie-the-Pooh inspired home in Ashdown Forest – the original inspiration for AA Milne’s tales.

The kids met writer Jane Riordan – the author of the new prequel Winnie-the-Pooh: Once There Was a Bear.

The book is scheduled for release on Thursday, September 30 – Winnie-the-Pooh’s 95th birthday.

The students spent an afternoon telling stories, building a lair, and following in the footsteps of Christopher Robin, Pooh and their friends.

A Winnie-the-Pooh Inspired Home in Ashdown Forest

Ashdown Forest CEO James Adler said they wanted to mark the anniversary in a “special way.”

“We were delighted to welcome the children to participate in what is a very exciting time for us,” he said.

“Obviously, Winnie the Pooh is very close to our hearts here in Ashdown Forest.

“We were delighted that Jane was joining us as well. She has produced an excellent new book which I am sure will prove to be extremely popular. ”

The new book, written in the style of AA Milne, takes readers back to when Pooh was brought in from Harrods for Christopher Robbin.

He follows Pooh and his friends on several outings, including one to the London Zoo, while the second half of the book focuses on Ashdown Forest.

The Argus: Jane Riordan - the author of the new prequel Winnie-the-Pooh: Once There Was a Bear Jane Riordan – the author of the new prequel Winnie-the-Pooh: Once There Was a Bear

Author Jane says she can’t think of a time when she couldn’t remember the Winnie the Pooh stories.

“Poetry has also been in my head for as long as I can remember,” she said.

“I was fortunate enough to grow up in the country, with a river at the bottom of the garden and nearby there is a bridge that we still call the Poohsticks Bridge.”

Speaking about the inspiration for the prequel, Jane added, “I loved the idea of ​​seeing Pooh and Eeyore and Piglet in London, in the nursery that is so written in poetry and also in London as well.”

The Argus: The New Winnie-the-Pooh Prequel: Once There Was a BearThe New Winnie-the-Pooh Prequel: Once Upon a Bear

The book is also illustrated by Mark Burgess in the style of EH Shepard.

The Winnie-the-Pooh Inspired Home in Ashdown Forest was curated by Disney-named illustrator Kim Raymond and has been listed on Airbnb.

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