A Bear, A Donkey, A Kangaroo, A Pig, A Tiger

British Kid Lit New York City


One of my favorite spots in New York City has always been the Donnell Library on 53rd Street where Christopher Robin's original most important five stuffed animals -- a bear, a donkey, a kangaroo, a pig and a tiger -- sit in a glass case. A recent Boing Boing post about the closing of the entire Donnell Library caused me to do some frantic Googling about the fate of the real-life Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Kanga, Piglet and Tigger.

According to this excellent article from the School Library Journal (from which the photo above was taken), the animals seem to be in good hands and will soon be on display at the main branch of the New York Public Library (the big 42nd Street building with the lions), joining a collection that includes an original Gutenberg Bible -- not such bad company.
10 Responses to "A Bear, A Donkey, A Kangaroo, A Pig, A Tiger"

The library with the lion statues in front is a perfect place to house the Pooh animals. I bet a lot of kids notice and remember those lions, and now they can also associate the library with these other cool animal characters. Glad to hear about it!

by Donald E. Winters on

have any of the beat poets appeared on postage stamps?

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