25th January 2003
Egmont Books Limited
239 Kensington High Street
London W8 6SA
Dear Sir/ Madam
I am writing on behalf of the Pembroke College Winnie-the-Pooh Society to express our grave concern at inaccuracies in one of your publications.
One of our members recently received a copy of your "My Winnie-the-Pooh Activity Case" (produced for WHSmith), and when we examined the "My Winnie-the-Pooh Fact Pad", which we feel, since it claims to be a "Fact Pad" ought to be accurate in respect of the text of A. A. Milne’s works, at one of our weekly elevenses meetings we discovered the following errors:
Firstly, that the personal pronoun "she" is used on one page in reference to Rabbit, and despite our extensive knowledge of the extant works of A. A. Milne we are aware of no indication that Rabbit is anything other than a "he".
Secondly, that it is asserted that Tigger enjoys eating Haycorns and Extract of Malt, whilst it is clearly stated by Tigger himself in Chapter II of "The House at Pooh Corner" (In Which Tigger comes to the Forest and has Breakfast) that "Tiggers don’t like Haycorns".
We believe that it is critically important that these errors should not be allowed to be disseminated, and to this end we feel that you should, at least, ensure that they are not repeated in any future edition of the "Fact Pad", and, ideally, recall all copies which have been distributed to date.
Should you wish to discuss with us these or any other points of fact relating to the text of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, you would be very welcome to attend one of the Society’s elevenses meetings (held at 4pm every Saturday of Full Term).
Rosemary A R Hunt
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