Monday, February 8, 2016
The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
by Lindsay Mattick
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie.
In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war.
Harry Colebourn's real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey--from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England...
And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin.
Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.
The true story behind Winnie the Pooh blew me away! I had no idea what an interesting history the special little bear had. In addition to that Finding Winnie - The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear recently won the Caldecott Medal! Sophie Blackall's illustrations are just breathtaking - they seem to invite you into a bygone era. Needless to say, I highly recommend this special picture book to readers, writers, and illustrators from the ages of eight to eighty!
Click here to learn more about the illustrator, Sophie Blackall.