The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, with Kathryn Aalto
Join landscape designer, historian and writer Kathryn Aalto for a nostalgia, visually-rich journey into one of the most iconic settings in children’s literature: the Hundred Acre Wood, a real place in East Sussex called Ashdown Forest. This is where A. A. Milne lived and set the tender adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his band of friends. From underground homes to the tops of trees, and from floody places to sandy pits, the stories take place in a setting where a characters roam free without adults. Learn about Milne’s extraordinary childhood in the natural world and how he and illustrator E. H. Shepard became the Lennon-McCartney of children’s literature, creating a classic that celebrates its 90th Anniversary this year. Discover the real places that inspired the stories as well as the rare flora and fauna of the forest. Leave with a new understanding of how the classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories are now, more than ever, field guides for the free range child, a hymn to those days of Doing Nothing — yet learning everything.
Kathryn’s book The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A walk through the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood is a New York Times Bestseller and has been featured on National Public Radio. A taster documentary has also been made for BBC Four.