Today is the 100th anniversary of the real Winnie - the bear cub who went to England with Canadian troops and inspired A.A. Milne to write the stories so beautifully illustrated by E. H. Shepard.
I've always loved the drawings of Shepard and can never look at them without amazement at the man's ability.
Shepard was inspired to his design by a Steiff stuffed teddy bear. That got me remembering a sketch I did of my son's Steiff. The bear was passed down from his great grandfather and one evening, two year old Christopher lovingly tucked him in on the couch before he himself when off to bed.
The bear ended up in a book for a German publisher, although in a very tiny way on the rocking