Poohsticks Bridge – Image (c) Kathryn Aalto, all rights reserved – Click to view larger image


Submitted by the Bedford Garden Club

Author Kathryn Aalto will present her book, “The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood” at First Parish on September 11 – Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved

The community is invited to hear author Kathryn Aalto, author of The New York Times best-seller, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, in the sanctuary of First Parish, Bedford’s historic meeting house on the Common, to learn about the very real Hundred Acre Wood. The program will begin at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 11, and guests are welcome to remain for a book signing after the presentation.

Alto will share what gardeners can learn from the intersection of nature and culture in Winnie-the-Pooh, taking grown-ups and sophisticated young people on a vivid journey into one of the most iconic settings in children’s literature.

Discover places that inspired the stories along with the forest’s rare flora and fauna. Part travelogue and natural history, this presentation weaves history with humor and birdsong with booklore as we learn how these masterpieces of children’s literature were created.

Her talk points out Milne’s extraordinary childhood in the natural world and how his creative partnership with illustrator E. H. Shepard has dazzled countless readers. Guests will gain a new understanding of the nature of nostalgia and learn about the plagioclimax landscape.

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