Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
Before there was Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. In 1914, Harry Colebourne, a vet on his way to tend horses in World War 1, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, and he took her to war. Harry Colebourne'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 an army base in England, and finally to London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend - a boy named Christopher Robin.
How deftly and magically the author weaves this historical story: it's one that includes not only history but geography too. Equally magical are Sophie Blackall's watercolour illustrations...A winning combination through and through Red Reading Hub Winnie's incredible tale is brought to life by the great-grandaughter of Winnie's rescuer in this fascinating picture book. The School Run The gorgeous story of the friendship between a soldier ... and the real bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh. The Guardian The true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey Good Reads This fascinating true story is brought delightfully to life in Finding Winnie. Mattick's lilting narrative is complemented by Sophie Blackall's dreamily soft ink-and-watercolour drawings. FT.com Gorgeously illustrated ... delightful The New York Times