It All Began in 100 Aker Wood
Who else, both as a child and maybe as an adult re-reading the stories of Pooh Bear to a littlie, loved not only the stories and the wonderful illustrations by EH Shepherd but also the map of 100 aker wood, which in the original version appeared pasted across the end-papers inside the front and back covers of the book?
To me, it is the perfect pictorial map!
It not only visually illustrates the spatial relationship between Pooh’s home to those of his friends (and some of their relations).
But more significantly, it charmingly encapsulates some of Pooh’s more memorable moments such as:
- where the Bee Tree is
- where the Woozle wasn’t and
- where the heffalump trap was set.
This pictorial map…
- Simply summarizes on a single sheet Pooh’s stories
- It creates a visual keepsake illustrating Pooh’s trails and tales
- And highlights Pooh’s many adventures…
- So he can quietly reminisce and enjoy these moments over and over again (perhaps with a paw in a pot of honey), or show and share the shenanigans with family and friends in years to come and so keep these memories alive… forever.
This is where it all began…
The acorn for Journey Jottings was planted 🙂
Drawn by E. H. Shepard, 100 Aker Wood appeared (in black and white) on the endpapers of A.A. Milne’s book, Winnie the Pooh.