Tigger



Though Winter's Here
And Birds Don't Sing,
Tigger's Tail
Still Has Its Spring










Kanga, Roo, and Tigger were all late arrivals to the Forest, newcomers is probably a better expression-and for some reason they Jumped and bounced about and ended living in the one same place and seemed to live on a diet of Medicines and Sandwiches. Like Pooh they were actual toys belonging to Christopher Milne. Kanga and Tigger were later arrivals, presents his parents, carefully chosen not just for the delight they might give to their new owner, but also for their literary possibilities."

Tigger bounces into the Forest and he bounces all through the Forest. Tigger is just that sort of Animal. He is not shy, not quiet, not indifferent, and never bored. He bounces. We don't discover why Tigger comes to the Forest, (but we learn that he attacks Tablecloths, eats everybody's favorite food; is far too Bouncy, especially for Eeyore, and turns out to be all right really.

Rabbit did not like Tigger and his tiggerish bouncing, so he wanted to teach him a lesson. "Well, I've got an idea," said Rabbit. And so the plan was to take Tigger deep into the Forest and get him lost, and then Tigger would be sorry. But what happens? Rabbit gets lost, that's what happens... Tigger was tearing round the Forest making loud yapping noises for Rabbit. And at last a very Small and Sorry Rabbit heard him. And the Small and Sorry Rabbit rushed through the mist at the noise, and it suddenly turned into a Tigger; a Friendly Tigger, a Grand Tigger, a Large and Helpful Tigger, a Tigger who bounced, if he bounced at all, in just the beautiful way a Tigger ought to bounce. "Oh, Tigger, I am glad to see you," cried Rabbit.

Tigger may be interested in everything, want to do everything, and want to bounce everywhere (or everyone), but Tigger also needs kindness, as Kanga (a mother foremost) quickly understands. Tigger went exploring the forest. He found a Pooh and a Piglet and an Eeyore, but he couldn't find any breakfast. Tigger likes everything there is in the world except honey and haycorns and thistles. Tigger found a home with Kanga and Roo. She knew at once that, however big Tigger seemed to be, he wanted as much kindness as Roo. Tigger wanted to bounce everywhere..