“What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favourite day,” said Pooh.
The Victoria and Albert Museum holds a large collection of E.H. Shepard’s original pencil illustrations for Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. How large? The museum’s archive contains over 270 original drawings as well as photographs, letters and proofs.
Museums like the V&A have lots of great archival material but not all of it is open to the public or easy to access. Therefore, the Winnie-the-Pooh: exploring a classic exhibition was a must-see this term because it brought to light E.H. Shepard’s amazing work. The curators have done a great job at recreating the feel of the books.
Year 2 were able to discover the world of one of the most famous bears. So famous that he ended up having his name translated into more than 46 languages – even Latin! In the exhibition space, Year 2 followed the bees which took them to Christopher Robin’s bedroom, Pooh’s house, down a slide from Piglet’s house, onto the bridge and over the river and through the Hundred Acre Wood.
The trip took place the week before Book Week because Miss Raduca wanted to get the boys thinking about stripes and book characters. She made sure the boys also got to do a workshop on patterns with one of the V&A educators. She was hopping that soon it would all become clear; pattern + bear = stripy bear. So what happens when Winnie-the-Pooh meets Stripe?
“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,” said Pooh.