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WWU grad to discuss her book about Pooh’s real forest home

WWU grad Kathryn Aalto’s book describes the real places that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood.
WWU grad Kathryn Aalto’s book describes the real places that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

In the wake of last year’s award-winning book about the real bear that inspired A.A. Milne’s beloved Winnie-the-Pooh stories, a Western Washington University graduate returns to Bellingham with her tales of the places that became legendary as the Hundred Acre Wood.

Kathryn Aalto — now a writer, teacher, naturalist and landscape designer living in England — will read from “The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Her book examines Milne’s relationship with renowned Ashdown Forest — one of the largest free and open spaces of southeast Britain — and the plants, animals and geography within. It’s illustrated with photographs and examples of E. H. Shepard’s classic work.

For people who can’t attend her talk, buy a copy in advance and Village Books will reserve a personalized signed copy. Call 360-671-2626 or go online to villagebooks.com.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty

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