"Time For A Little Something"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Winnie-the-Pooh, a stuffed bear, is the hero of this cleverly told, episodic story of the little creatures of a child's fanciful world. Presumably an adult is "reviving" Pooh's adventures for a child, Christopher Robin, who figures largely in all the adventures of Pooh, his own little bear. After all, though Christopher can remember all of these episodes, he and Pooh like having them told, "because then it's a real story and not just a remembering." Throughout all of Pooh's experiences the one trait most apparent about this little bear is his enormous appetite for honey, a weakness which repeatedly gets him in trouble. There is the story of his various attempts to rob a honey tree, and of his several mishaps therefrom. The story of his gluttony when he visits his rabbit friend is also a tale of woe for this little bear "of No Brain at All." Then comes the story concerning Eeyore's birthday. Eeyore the donkey is miserable because he has "no presents and no cake and no candles, and no proper notice taken of . . . [him] at all." Therefore, Pooh takes his last jar of honey as a gift and starts for Eeyore's home. He temporarily forgets the purpose of his journey, however, when a hunger spell begins to come over him:

. . . He hadn't gone more than half-way when a sort of funny feeling began to creep all over him. It began at the tip of his nose and trickled all through him and out at the soles of his feet. It was just as if somebody inside him were saying, "Now then, Pooh, time for a little something."