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Author Discusses Her Winnie-The-Pooh Book At Westport Library

Kathryn Aalto
Kathryn Aalto Photo Credit: Kathryn Aalto

WESTPORT, Conn. -- One of the most iconic settings in children’s literature, the Hundred Acre Wood where Winnie-the-Pooh and friends lived and played, was inspired by Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, England.

Now, author Kathryn Aalto, has written "The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest" that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood.

She will talk about her book at 1 p.m., Oct. 19, in the Westport Library’s McManus Room.

Aalto will discuss how A.A. Milne’s childhood connection with nature and his role as a father influenced his famous book, "The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh," and how his close collaboration with illustrator E. H. Shepard brought those stories to life.

The program, free and open to the public, is offered in partnership with the Westport Garden Club.

Aalto is an American landscape designer, historian, writer, and speaker living in Exeter, England. For many years, she taught American literature of nature and place in the Pacific Northwest. Passionate about walking and natural history, she recently walked the Coast-to-Coast Path across England with her family.

For more information call 203-291-4800, or check westportlibrary.org .

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