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Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Winnie the Pooh Day: Who’s your favorite character?


Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore. (Disney EnterprisesInc. - DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.)
Today is the birthday of beloved children’s author A.A. Milne and has also become known as Winnie the Pooh Day.

In honor of the occasion, a few fans of Mr. Milne’s creations at The Post discussed their favorite characters from the Pooh books: Eeyore, Tigger, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, Piglet, Pooh and Christopher Robbin .

(Gopher and Heffalump are debatable editions, but at least at 15th and L, they had no champions.)

Below, find out who favors the pink pig and why Rabbit’s know-it-all attitude makes him lovable:

“You always have the Eeyore-identifiers; you’ll always get your persnickety Piglet fans. Pooh’s the hero. Christopher Robbin’s a doll. And everyone loves wise old Owl. But Rabbit, well, Rabbit’s always the one everyone hates. He’s the bossy know-it-all. He tries to scare poor old Kanga and keep Pooh away from honey. He’s always putting down Piglet and bugged by Tigger’s enthusiasm. But, you know what? Underneath all of his jumpy, pushy ways, he is just a big old bunny looking to be loved. He’s got the biggest family in the bunch — and that’s not just because rabbits tend to be a frisky lot. It’s because he’s the caretaker in the gang. He plans and organizes and hustles because he loves. He may have an odd way of showing it, but even a bossy bunny has a soft fluffy heart.”

BlogPost blogger Melissa Bell

“Since I have had children, I most relate to Kanga. I wish I had her patience.”

Politics reporter Karen Tumulty

“Piglet is consistently underrated.

A well-mannered pink neatnik with debonair style and a propensity for eating artisan nuts like acorns? He was Queer-Eying Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore and the rest of the gang loooong before Bravo ever debuted.

I would also speak out for Christopher Robbin. Yay for imagination. “

Style reporter Monica Hesse

“The only correct answer is Tigger. I like his spunk. He’s a goofball in just the right ways.”

Rosenwald, Md. blogger Michael S. Rosenwald

“Eeyore doesn’t want your Paxil. He doesn’t care for your uplifting life coaches. He steadfastly refuses to make his life better by attempting a cleanse or going to a yoga retreat. He has his thistles and his stick house (which, frankly, really should be condemned) and his relentless storm cloud of negativity. That is all Eeyore needs, and that is why I love him.

With his non-stop bounciness, Tigger is clearly erratic. Piglet? A dear, but, let’s face it, a neurotic mess and sometimes kind of an idiot. But Eeyore is always the pessimist, always mumbling in a manner that suggests intervention from a suicide hot line, always Mr. Crankypants despite the fact that he lives in the Hundred Acre Woods, the happiest place on Earth next to Disney World and, possibly, Candy Land. He is forever in the bell jar. And in a world where things are constantly changing, it’s somehow heartening to know that that there will always be a donkey wearing a detachable tail and a sad-sack expression, and finding the negative in every conceivable circumstance.”

Celebritology blogger Jen Chaney

“Tigger for me! In life, bounce is everything.”

Political Bookworm blogger Steven Levingston

As for me, I go with Pooh. Two reasons:

1. I totally get the binge-eating thing.

2. How could you not vote for a bear who said: “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?’”

Who’s your favorite? Tell me in the comments section or on Twitter, using the hash tag #poohcharacters.

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