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You'll Love Winnie-The-Pooh's New Friend Almost As Much As Pooh Loves Honey

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I've always been a big fan of "Winnie-the-Pooh."

As a kid, I loved watching all of Pooh Bear's adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood, and I think it's safe to say this Disney character will always have a special place in my heart.

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If you also happen to have a soft spot for this lovable, little bear, I have some good news for you.

Pooh Bear is celebrating his 90th birthday today, so you know what that means...

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Oh, bother.

I'm just kidding. In honor of Pooh's 90th anniversary, "Winnie-the-Pooh," which is actually based on the adventures of author A. A. Milne's son Christopher Robin and his stuffed animals, is getting four new Pooh-packed adventures added to the series.

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If hearing that makes you happier than Pooh Bear with a pot of honey, you might want to brace yourself because that's not all.

There's also going to be a new face in the Hundred Acre Wood.

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That's right, Pooh is getting a brand-new Penguin friend, who arrives when winter sweeps over the fictitious forest.

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Now, you're probably wondering why Brian Sibley, author of the new "Winnie-the-Pooh" book, chose a penguin as the latest character.

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Well, the new character was inspired from a photograph that shows A. A Milne and his son playing with a Pooh Bear stuffed animal and — you guessed it — a plush penguin toy!

Sibley told BBC News,

The thought of Pooh encountering a penguin seemed no more outlandish than him meeting a kangaroo and a tiger in a Sussex wood, so I started thinking about what might have happened if, on a rather snowy day, Penguin had found his way to Pooh Corner.

Now, if you would please excuse me, I need to go empty my bank account and find the nearest bookstore ASAP.

Citations: It's Winnie-the-Pooh's 90th birthday and he's got a new friend to celebrate (Metro UK)