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Winnie-the-Pooh (Literature)

"I know we had the smoking talk somewhere between the birds and the bees and the drinking and driving."
"Actually, I think it was more of a sentence — 'Don't smoke' — and it was between the adventures of Pooh and Goodnight Moon."

When Veronica was very young, and her spelling was Wobbly (it was good spelling but it Wobbled, and the letters got in the wrong places), she may have read the original Winnie-the-Pooh and, possibly, The House at Pooh Corner, by A.A. Milne, about a Bear of Very Little Brain. There are many life lessons to be found there. For example, "when looking at your two paws, as soon as you have decided which of them is the right one, then you can be sure the other one is the left," and "When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and Thinker of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it." Such lessons may explain Veronica's approach to detection and to keeping things to herself. Of course, she may not have read the source works at all, but instead have been entertained by the Disnified version. In which case, she may have learned that dumb is cute.

First published in 1947, writer Margaret Wise Brown and illustrator Clement Hurd have been sending little 'uns to sleep for more than half a century with Goodnight Moon. The simple tale of a young rabbit trying to avoid the land of nod by naming everything in the bedroom is a favorite of parents and children alike, and wee Veronica and Keith are no exceptions. Imagine the scenario. "The cow jumping over the moon. Don't smoke, Veronica. And there were three little bears sitting on chairs..." Awww.

2.07 "Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner"
Who's Who bio: Winnie the Pooh

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