Chapter 1

HereisEdwardBear,comingdownstairsnow,bump,bump,bump,onthebackofhishead,behindChristopherRobin.Itis,asfarasheknows,theonlywayofcomingdownstairs,butsometimeshefeelsthattherereallyisanotherway,ifonlyhecouldstopbumpingforamomentandthinkofit.Andthenhefeelsthatperhapsthereisn’t.Anyhow,hereheisatthebottom,andreadytobeintroducedtoyou.Winnie-the-Pooh.

WhenIfirstheardhisname,Isaid,justasyouaregoingtosay,‘ButIthoughthewasaboy?’

‘SodidI,’saidChristopherRobin.

‘Thenyoucan’tcallhimWinnie?’

‘Idon’t.

‘Butyousaid–’

‘He’sWinnie-ther-Pooh.Don’tyouknowwhat“ther”means?’

‘Ah,yes,nowIdo,’Isaidquickly;andIhopeyoudotoo,becauseitisalltheexplanationyouaregoingtoget.

SometimesWinnie-the-Poohlikesagameofsomesortwhenhecomesdownstairs,andsometimeshelikestositquietlyinfrontofthefireandlistentoastory.

Thisevening

‘Whataboutastory?’saidChristopherRobin.

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