Thursday, October 1, 2009

The mysterious Mr. Sanders

Can you guess why this is one of my favorite children's book illustrations?

I wondered about Pooh's sign when I was a kid, and was disappointed that Mr. Sanders never appeared in the story. But it was fine, because Mr. Sanders was clearly an adult and adults had no business in the Hundred Acre Wood.

Apparently, Ann Thwaite says in her biography of A.A. Milne that Mr. Sanders was named Frank, a printer and friend of Milne.

Whatever. All I know is that Pooh and I are clearly distantly related.

Although last night Abbie teased that I was more like Eeyore when I was doing a "resigned to failure" kind of riff. She's probably right. Eeyore is definitely my favorite Pooh character. Howard's too. What does that say about us?