Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956) is best known for his enduring tales of childhood, featuring his son, Christopher Robin, and the now-famous group of his stuffed animals. Winnie-the-Pooh, a stout bear of “very little brain” but a great heart, and his friends and neighbors in the Hundred Acre Wood, live in the hearts, and have enriched the lives, of generations of readers. Milne was a playwright before the Winnie-the-Pooh books rather overshadowed his work for the theater, though his adaptation for the stage in 1929 of The Wind in the Willows was a gratifying popular success. The choice of E.H. Shepard as an illustrator for the Pooh books was a felicitous one. Shepard studied the real toy animals which had inspired the characters, and they come to life for us under his skillful pen.