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The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh with Kathryn Aalto (SWTP)
Start Date:Sunday, March 18 (1 meetings)Location: Lexington Depot
Instructor: Kathryn Aalto Meeting Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuition: $10($10 for seniors)Status: Running/Still Openings

“Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh provides an intimate look into the magic and inspirations behind Milne’s stories, while reminding us of the joy children experience through nature” – Richard Louv, The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods


When you read passages from Winnie-the-Pooh, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic. You might remember your parents reading you the stories, or you might remember reading them to your kids. Maybe you remember the original Disney movie or the stuffed bear that sat on your bed. In one way or another, we have all been touched by A. A. Milne’s beloved bear. But did you know that the Hundred Acre Wood—the place where Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet lived and played—is based on a real place? Did you know that you could actually visit Poohstick’s Bridge? That The Floody Place is real?

The setting for Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures was inspired by the Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England. In The Natural World of Winne-the-Pooh, garden historian Kathryn Aalto explores how this magical place moved both A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepherd to create the cherished tales that remain not only relevant, but wildly popular. Aalto takes readers through an exploration of the real landscapes, shares iconic moments from the books and situates them in the places that exist today, and celebrates the interplay of landscape and literature. In a delightful narrative, enriched with E. H. Shepard’s original illustrations, hundreds of color photographs, and Milne’s own words, you will rediscover your favorite characters and the magical place they called home.