Pencils in Literature: Winnie the Pooh

Thanks to Limner for drawing my attention to CW Enterprises article on Pencils in Literature: Winnie the Pooh.  If you are a regular visitor to Oh Write Me you know of her love affair with the pencil. I am guessing that many of us, pencil affair or not, have held a long cherished love for Pooh Bear. The following excerpt from Winnie the Pooh makes me want to get reacquainted with A.A. Milne. I confess a weakness for children's stories and this one is certainly charming beyond most.

When Pooh saw what [the gift] was, he nearly fell down, he was so pleased. It was a Special Pencil Case. There were pencils in it marked "B" for Bear, and pencils marked "HB" for Helping Bear, and pencils marked "BB" for Brave Bear. There was a knife for sharpening the pencils, and india-rubber for rubbing out anything which you had spelt wrong, and a ruler for ruling lines for the words to walk on, and inches marked on the ruler in case you wanted to know how many inches anything was, and Blue Pencils and Red Pencils and Green Pencils for saying special things in blue and red and green. And all these lovely things were in little pockets of their own in a Special Case which shut with a click when you clicked it. And they were all for Pooh.

I encourage you to read the article in its entirety here.

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