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Winnie the Pooh Valentine Cards Featuring EH Shepard and A.A. Milne
Most of us are familiar with Winnie the Pooh through the films and TV shows, but it is worth getting back to the original books written by A. A. Milne and illustrated by EH Shepard. Milne’s writing is wonderfully droll and his descriptions of friendship make for charmingly understated Valentine cards. Shepard’s illustrations capture the feel between the characters in the Hundred-Acre Wood perfectly.
Printable Greeting Cards
Following is a collection of 5 quick and easy Winnie the Pooh greeting cards. Choose one—or several--to print out on a regular size piece of paper or card stock. These printable templates are a simple and fast way for parents, teachers, or librarians to lead a Valentine’s Day activity with a group, or for a craft project at home. The patterns are suited for young children to color (preschoolers, kindergarteners, or elementary school children), but they also work well for adults who want a whimsical touch to their Valentine’s Day friendship cards.
The drawings are derived from Wikimedia Commons and are in the public domain.
A Note on Coloring the Cards
EH Shepard’s illustrations are subtle and understated, and they benefit from a light touch. Consider using light crayon, colored pencil or watercolors for these cards.
Winnie the Pooh Valentine Cards Link
Here is the link for the Winnie the Pooh Valentine Cards.
You can print these cards out onto 8.5" x 11" card stock or onto regular paper, and then fold them in half so that the picture is in the front.
The cards are quite a bit easier to fold if you score them first. To score them, take a straight edge (like a ruler edge) and put it flush with the line you want to fold. Then, you can take a paper clip and run the rounded edge along the line, using the straight edge to guide you. You will make the smallest little impression along that line, and it really gives you a much nicer, crisper fold.
Photos of each Template
The next few photos will show you what each of the templates look like. I’ve also included the text of the quote.
Card Template# 1 – Piglet and Pooh Walking in the Woods
The quote reads, “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever. “
Card Template # 2 - Christopher Robin and Piglet
The quote reads, “Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So, today is my new favorite day.”
Card Template # 3 – Winnie the Pooh With Balloon
The quote reads, “Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”
Card Template # 4 – Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin Floating in Umbrella
The quote reads, “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
Card Template # 5 – Winnie the Pooh Looking into a Honey Jar
The quote reads, “A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”
Sample Finished Valentine Cards
If you want to add just a touch of color, I’ve found that crayons work really well. See below for some samples of finished cards. I’ve listed the Crayola ® colors, in case you want to replicate the same colors in your own Winnie the Pooh Valentine cards. Be sure to click on the thumbnail pictures if you'd like to see them full size.
Fun Facts about the Real Winnie the Pooh
The characters in A. A. Milne’s two books Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner were based on the stuffed animals belonging to his son, the actual Christopher Robin. If you go to New York, you can actually see them on display at the New York Public Library.
The bear which became Winnie the Pooh was given to Christopher Robin when he was one year old, and it was almost as big as he was! He started off being named Edward Bear, but was renamed after two animals that were important to Christopher Robin. One of those animals was Winnie, an actual brown bear which Christopher Robin and his father often visited at the London Zoo. A Canadian lieutenant had brought her with him to England when he arrived to fight in World War I, and he left her at the zoo when his unit was sent to France. He had named her Winnie in honor of the Canadian city of Winnipeg.
The “Pooh” part of the name was derived from the name of a swan that Christopher Robin names in Milne’s book When We Were Very Young. He explains, “This is a very fine name for a swan, because, if you call him and he doesn’t come (which is a thing swans are good at), then you can pretend that you are just saying ‘Pooh!’ to show how little you wanted him.”
The author, A. A. Milne wrote over 50 pieces of literature during his lifetime, most of them for adults, including seven novels, five nonfiction books, and an astonishing 34 plays, along with lots of stories, poems and articles. But by far the most famous are those poems and stories that he wrote for children, based on his own childhood and on the childhood of his son.
Part of the reason for the success of these books was the illustrator, EH Shepard. His line drawings convey a sense of action, but also the gentle humor and adventure of the poems and stories. When Shepard was a boy, he started by making drawings to go with stories that his sister had written. Most people have to convince their parents to let them have a career in the arts, but Shepard reported that his father “had quite decided that I should be an artist when I grew up, though I myself considered an artist's life to be a dull one and looked for something more adventurous.” Fortunately, he did pursue his art and illustrated numerous works about the stories of Winnie the Pooh.
He also illustrated other children’s classics, notably The Wind in the Willows and The Reluctant Dragon.
Fabry, Merrill. "How Winnie-the-Pooh Got His Name." Time Oct. 14, 2015.
"Ernest Howard Shepard." Gale Literature: Contemporary Authors, Gale, 2000.
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