I have always loved pretty illustrated books and now enjoy reading how the author and illustrator joined forces to create some of the most memorable story books. Winnie the Pooh, was created by Christopher A.A. Milne who found inspiration for his story book characters in his young son, Christopher Robin.
Christopher Robin received a stuffed animal, Edward Bear (later renamed Winnie-the-Pooh)on his first birthday. His dad had purchased the bear at Harrod's department store in London. Sometime after his dad decided to write a children's story based on this bear and the other stuffed animals his son had. Owl and Rabbit are the only two characters not based on Christopher Robin's toys.
Ernest Howard Shepard (December 10, 1879 – March 24, 1976) was an English artist and book illustrator. He was known especially for his human-like animals in illustrations for The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne.