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Winnie-the-Pooh was clearly all about Pooh, and Shepard drew heavily on his own son Graham’s teddy bear Growler for inspiration to create the marvelous pictures of a larger-than-life character, stuffed with human traits and foibles. One authentic drawing which Shepard saved for himself was the picture of Winnie-the-Pooh standing on tiptoes on a chair to achieve a jar of honey. The different characters had been launched chapter by chapter, in order that we meet Winnie-the-Pooh in Chapter 1, Rabbit in Chapter 2, Piglet in Chapter 3, Eeyore in Chapter four, and so forth. Shepard used toys from Christopher Robin’s nursery, many purchased from Harrods and some, later, purchased particularly for the aim, to create Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo. Owl and Rabbit (and all Rabbit’s “friends and relations”) had been from Milne’s imagination and never primarily based on any real-life toys, and so Shepard had to make use of his own artistic talents to deliver these characters to life.