January Jubilees, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, too!

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“January Jubilees, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, too!”

 Happy New Year, 2019, everyone! Hi, it’s me, Tameka. I hope that everyone had a nifty New Year’s Eve celebration! My mom and I watched The Twilight Zone marathon on the Syfy Channel. This is my favorite New Year’s Eve tradition to share with my mom. I wore my “Happy New Year’s” new purple star tiara and purple feather boa and New Year glasses.

My favorite episode is named, “It’s a Good Life.” a six-year-old boy named Anthony has psychic powers and everyone in the town has to think “good thoughts” or Anthony will banish them to a cornfield.

Later, my mom and I watched the annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve TV special. The best part of my New Year’s Eve celebration was that I had the chance to watch fireworks that were set off by other people in my neighborhood through our window with my mom.

On Thursday, January 3rd, some of the other Arc Participants and I also made New Year’s Arts and Crafts such as, 2019 Party Hats and Noise Makers. Also, I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport and Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller to my fellow Participants. I’m truly a bookworm and I am so thankful for my purple communication device because allows me to read even more books to my fellow Participants as part of my Arc Press Club duties.

On Tuesday January 22nd, the other Participants and I learned about the life and legacy late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We watched the video, Our Friend, Martin.

It is a 1999 animated children’s educational film about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American civil rights movement. Two friends travel through time, meeting Dr. King at several points during his life. It featured an all-star voice cast and was nominated for an Emmy award in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour). Also, the Participants decorated a bulletin board dedicated to the Reverend’s “I have a Dream” speech with their ideas of what the word “peace” means to us. The word “peace” means to me that someone accepts another person no matter of what they look, sound like or whatever they believe in. My hope for the future is that the people of the world will make Dr. King’s dream into a reality no matter of the shortsightedness believes of our world leaders. I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Guiding Beliefs (as told by his niece) by Angela Farris Watkins, and I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer.

The other Arc Participants and I celebrated “Winnie the Pooh” Day (January 18th) on Friday, January 18th and the birth of one of the most famous children’s writers 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 wore my new purple Pooh and Tigger shirt, which I received as a Christmas gift. I have always loved Winnie the Pooh and Tigger from the time that I was a little girl. I remember being very small, waking up on Saturday morning, eating Chocolate Rice Krispies and watching The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh TV show. I even had a plush Tigger toy when I was a baby. I read the books, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, (which includes the first meeting of Tigger and Pooh) Pooh’s Honey Adventure and Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Patch by the Disney Book Group. I loved picking up out these books to share my love of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger with everyone at The Arc.

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 in 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.

To celebrate the anniversary of the publication of Winnie the Pooh, the Disney Junior Channel had a special episode of their show, Doc McStuffins. The series is about an African-American girl who can talk to and “fix” toys, with help from her toy friends. Doc McStuffins and her toy friends will meet Winnie the Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Woods.

Doc McStuffins is my favorite television show for little ones. She teaches medical information on a level that small children can understand.

The other Participants and I also learned about the 2018 American fantasy comedy-drama film named Christopher Robin directed by Marc Forster and written by Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, and Allison Schroeder. In the film, Christopher Robin is leaving for boarding school, so his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood – Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl, and Rabbit – throw a goodbye party. Christopher comforts Pooh and tells him that he will never forget him. Christopher goes to boarding school, after which he grows up, meets and marries architect Evelyn, with whom he has daughter Madeline. He serves in the British Army during World War II. After the war, he works as an efficiency expert at Winslow Luggages. When Pooh awakens and is unable to find his friends, he decides to travel through Christopher’s door and finds himself in London. He reunites with Christopher, who is shocked to see Pooh, but takes him back to his London home.

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!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  I’ll be back next time with my moments of the fabulous month of February!


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