Where Pooh really belong?

August 12, 2007
Photo of the real Winnie the Pooh stuffed toys

At Donnell Library Center in Midtown there is a children’s room where in a guest book is kept. Though most visitor leave behind joyful notes some notes left have this to say “Send Him Home!” referring to the original Winnie-the-Pooh dolls that are there in the display case. This has been a long bought battle for the custody of Pooh that has raged between Americans and the British. Another visit has written “You Brits can keep Paddington, Pooh and the gang are ours”.

The topic drew the interest of the most powerful politicians; New York Mayor Giuliani said that New York was no longer a British colony and matters cooled off when British PM office said that Tony Blair thought that Pooh and his friends would be taken care of in the former British colony.

A decade has past now but words are still being used to express individual feelings. One guest book had an entry “Free the Winnie-the-Pooh 5!” and “Please send Winnie & friends home to the UK” clash with retorts of “Never to the UK — we are his home now.” But ultimately a New Zealander managed to use the correct words ““Remember home is where the heart is. Take care. Thank you.”