Being the child of a famous author is not easy. Being the child that a famous author has included in his books is virtually a nightmare. Christopher Robin Milne certainly found it horrific.
His early years were happy ones, but once his father included him and his toys in Now We are Six and Winnie-the-Pooh, the boy was mercilessly teased and lived under a spotlight of media attention. He came to loathe the poem Vespers (“Christopher Robin is saying his prayers …”) because he was so endlessly teased about it, while the lines “Christopher Robin goes hoppity hoppity hoppity hoppity hop …” drove him almost to distraction.
In the end, he escaped by distancing himself from his famous father, and making a marriage to a cousin with whom his mother was not on speaking terms, so there was a sad family rupture. He did finally capitalise on his fame by running a bookshop and writing a gorgeous memoir, The Enchanted Places, followed by Path Through the Trees, both of which I can highly recommend.
Now a movie has been made about Christopher Robin and the ways in which his father found inspiration through the boy’s interaction with Pooh Bear, Eeyore, Piglet and the other toys (pictured above, most of which are now in the New York Public Library – they went on a publicity tour, and never returned to England). The film is Goodbye Christopher Robin and it stars Domhnall Gleeson as Milne, Margot Robbie as Daphne Milne, and Will Tilston / Alex Lawther as the young / older versions of Christopher Robin. The movie is due for release in October this year. I cannot wait!
Most people seem to love the stories of Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends. What’s your favourite memory of these delightful tales? Tell me by leaving a comment.
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