I love Winnie the Pooh! While growing up we lived very frugally so I never actually owned a stuffed Pooh Bear. He seemed elusive to me as if he were a toy only for people who had money because it was only my wealthier friends who owned Pooh. I remember even back in the 70s an average-sized Pooh cost about $12 which was very costly. There was also an enormous Pooh bear on display at Sears. If I recall correctly he must have been 6-ft tall in the sitting position. Every time we went shopping I would throw myself on him. Kids were always climbing poor ole Pooh. I was very sad when they took the display down.
Although we didn't have many toys, we did have books thanks to my mom's connection at Treasury Drug where she was a cashier. The magazine/book man gave her and the other employees books after he ripped the covers off. My mom informed me that the publishers only required the covers to return and the book man was going to throw the books away. So every once in a while my mom would come home with a box of assorted books in all genres including children's books, romance, non-fiction, fiction, and dramatic books like "Mommy Dearest". In the mountain of books we received there was one precious Winnie the Pooh book. It was that book in which I fell in love with Pooh and Piglet. I wanted to live in the magical 100-Acre Wood with them. I often stared at the illustrations trying to will myself into the book. So when I was pregnant I was excited to buy everything that had Pooh Bear on it. My mom and sisters even threw a Pooh Bear baby shower for me. I wanted to bring the 100-Acre Wood into my home where my baby and I could go on fun adventures together just like Pooh and Piglet.
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