This is why I love the web. Reading diveintomark about backlinks (below) and found he had commented on Winnie-the-Pooh in Latin. Which lead to this page on how Winnie-the-Pooh helped some people learn English during WWII. A facinating story.
My first real exposure to Pooh (the original, not Disney) was in a coffeeshop in Goshen, Indiana when Alexis and I went with newly-born Ginger to visit my grandmother, who wasn’t expected to live much longer (she made it longer than expected).
Alexis and I sat on the couch in the coffeeshop browsing their books and found the original Pooh stories, which we read to each other and Ginger. The simplicity and joy in the stories is wonderful. It produces a depth not found in a lot of children’s books. Wonderful.