In the same way being poor teaches us to appreciate wealth, having our hearts broken teaches us to love faithfully, struggle and failure magnifies our victories -- Eeyore's melancholy in a subtle way highlights the joys in life.
The honest truth is that much like many -- for me -- "Thank you" has become a standard mumble -- much like "Have a good day" or any of the other sign-off phrases people add to their automatic signature in digital media.
Winnie the Pooh reminds me of my son: an adorable creature who moves at his own pace, gets into mischief, and is always thinking about his next meal. So, we were excited to spend some time with Pooh and his friends during Adventure Theatre MTC's stage version.
In my thesis I proposed that both fantasy and children's literature were marginalized genres in the world of 'serious' literary academia. I then sought to demonstrate the value of fantasy in children's literature.
If teachers (or family, or media) don't ask questions, then usually children will stop asking as well -- and their natural curiosity and imagination, which are the stepping stones to skeptical thinking, become censored in the meantime.