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Written by Claire Cornwall
Pooh is an anthropomorphic teddy bear and the main character in the book. He is naive but extremely friendly, very thoughtful and occasionally profound with great insight. He is always willing to help his friends and always gives of his best. Pooh is motivated easily by his love of honey. This pursuit of honey can often get him into trouble.
Pooh is a talented poet and his stories are frequently punctuated by his little ditties, or "Hums". He is comfortable in his creativity and rather humble about his talent, telling his friends that one does not find a "hum" but one must go to where a "hum" may find him. Pooh is Christopher Robin's best friend and vice versa.
Christopher Robin is the only human character in the book. He is a cheerful, friendly little boy who is loving and empathetic. He is admired and respected by all of the other characters and although he is just a child he is by far the wisest. Christopher Robin ages before our eyes and several chapters address the fact that he has started school. Because of this he is not able to spend his days in Hundred Acre Wood anymore. In the final chapter Christopher Robin and Pooh leave each other behind, promising to remember the other even when they are one hundred.
Piglet generally follows Pooh's lead and seems easily worried and a little timid, but is actually rather brave in crisis situations. When Pooh gives him encouragement Piglet really excels. He is kind, gentle and leans toward shyness. He is also extremely tidy and rather particular.
Eeyore is an eternal pessimist who is always glum. He has trouble keeping his tail attached to his tail-end. Eeyore lives in a house made out of sticks which blows away and his newly re-built home is the eponymous "House At Pooh Corner". Eeyore is cautious and although not one to follow the crowd rarely speaks up or voices opposition because he does not believe that anyone will listen to him. Despite his negativity Eeyore is much loved by his friends.
Kanga is a female kangaroo and doting mother to her son, Roo. When they first meet her everything thinks she is going to be rather fierce but they quickly realize she is friendly and become fast friends with her. When Tigger arrives in the forest she welcomes him into her home, finds food that he likes and allows him to stay, treating him like a second son. This is typical of Kangaroo who is generous with an open, giving heart. She is patient and motherly and always ready to listen or give advice as needed. Kanga is almost over-protective when it comes to Roo.
Rabbit is a friendly character given to occasional irritability. He is always confident that he is the smartest inhabitant of Hundred Acre Wood and consequently believes that his way is the best way to do absolutely anything at all. He has a tendency towards obsessive-compulsive organization and rule-keeping and is very orderly. Although bossy, he loves his friends very much. Rabbit was not based on one of Christopher Robin Milne's toys but came from AA Milne's imagination.
Happy and exuberant,Tigger's personality is as bouncy as he is. He can be irresponsible and can get into trouble if not kept firmly in line. Tigger loves bouncing, mostly onto others. He is exceedingly energetic, very outgoing and loves to have fun. Tigger is very confident and believes that any task or challenge is "what Tiggers do best."
Owl is the oldest male character in the book and is worldly and wise. Extremely talkative, he is a leader and respected mentor although he can sometimes be a trifle stuffy. He has a tendency to be a scatterbrain but both he and all of his friends believe him to be the most intelligent in the group. His speeches can ramble on for hours and Owl will get very testy if he is interrupted. He lives in a tree known as The Chestnuts, an old world residence of great charm much as Owl is an old world, charming resident.
Energetic and playful, he is always cheerful and adores his best friend Tigger whom he looks up to a great deal almost like an older brother. He is the youngest character in the book.
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