Happy New Year, 2016, everyone! Hi, it’s me, Tameka. I have a disability named Cerebral Palsy, and I use a communicative device. On Monday, January 4th, some of the other Arc Participants and I also made New Year’s Arts and Crafts such as, 2016 Party Hats, Noise Makers, and Paper Plate Banners. During the month of January to celebrate the upcoming “Inspire Your Heart with Art” Day on Sunday, January 31st, the other Participants and I learned about one of the most famous paintings of all time, “The Swing” painted by Jean-Honoré Fragonard in 1767. Interesting enough, I was watching The History Channel the other day and I learned that the name of the painting in Disney’s 1989 “The Little Mermaid” film (in the scene where Ariel sings the song, “Part of Your World.” “The Little Mermaid” is my favorite animated movie since I was six years old is named “Magdalene with the Smoking Flame” painted by Georges de La Tour in 1640.
The other Arc Participants and I celebrated “Winnie the Pooh” Day (January 18th) on Friday, January 15th and the birth of one of the most famous children’s writer of all time, and the creator of the “hunny”-loving golden-brown bear, Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne. On January 18th, 1882, the British author was born. To celebrate the day, we read Winnie the Pooh books and made Winnie the Pooh inspired arts and crafts, such as Winnie the Pooh Masks and Paper Bag Puppets. I made a Winnie the Pooh Paper Flower Pot and a New Year’s Banner with matching wearable paper ears that I taped to my new purple earphones that my mom got me for Christmas.
The first collection of stories about the character was the book “Winnie-the-Pooh” in 1926, and this was followed by “The House at Pooh Corner” in 1928. Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne, character Christopher Robin. Christopher’s toys also lent their who was the basis for the names to most of the other characters, except for Owl, Rabbit, and Gopher (added in the Disney version). Christopher Robin’s toy bear is now on display at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library in New York City.
Christopher Milne had named his toy bear after Winnie, a Canadian black bear which he often saw at London Zoo, and “Pooh,” a swan they had met while on vacation. The bear cub was purchased from a hunter for $20 by Canadian Lieutenant Harry Colebourn in White River, Ontario, Canada, while en route to England during the First World War. He named the bear “Winnie” after his adopted hometown in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In 1961, A.A. Milne’s widow, Daphne Milne, also licensed certain rights, including motion picture rights, to Disney. Since 1966, Disney has released numerous animated productions starring Winnie the Pooh and related characters.
We had a great time celebrating A.A. Milne and his creation of Winnie the Pooh.
So, that was the joyous month of January at The Arc.
I’ll be back next time with the highlights of the fabulous month of February. Thank you for taking the time to read!