Please join the Friends of the Academy Library for an evening with Kathryn Aalto P’17, P’18, author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A walk through the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood. The talk, held in honor of the 90th anniversary of the publication of A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh, will take place in the Library’s Rockefeller Hall on Friday October 21st, from 7:00-8:00pm.
Kathryn Aalto is a writer, designer, historian and lecturer. For the past twenty-five years, her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect: teaching literature of nature and place, designing gardens, and writing about the natural world. Aalto will guide us through a nostalgic, visually-rich journey into one of the most iconic settings in children’s literature: the Hundred Acre Wood, a real place in East Sussex, England called Ashdown Forest. This is where A.A. Milne lived and set the tender adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his band of friends. Learn about Milne’s extraordinary childhood in the natural world and how he and illustrator E. H. Shepard became the Lennon-McCartney of children’s literature. Part travelogue, biography and natural history, the talk weaves history with humor as Aalto shares stories of raising her children in the storybook landscape of England. Aalto suggests A.A. Milne probably would not recognize modern childhood, and explains why the Christopher Robins of the 21st century need their own Hundred Acre Wood.
Kathryn Aalto is the author of two books: