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Looking for Heffalumps: life lessons from Winnie the Pooh

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All of us want an exciting name all to ourselves. Even stuffed bears from Harrod’s in London, who started out life as Edward Bear under the trusted care of one Christopher Robin. And so Edward became Pooh and Pooh became legend. There are few symbols of childhood as universally recognizable as Winnie the Pooh and his posse from the Hundred Acre Wood. And today the gang’s creator, A. A. Milne, turns a whopping 134 years old. As Pooh would say, “many happy returns of the day.” Between 1924 and 1928, Milne wrote four collections featuring Pooh and friends, many of the titles as indelible today as they were in the roaring twenties: When We Were Young (1924), Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), Now…

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