Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear (By Lindsay Mattick)

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Winner of the Caldecott Medal

AGES 4-8

No other bear has captured the hearts of so many over generations as Winnie-the-Pooh. Finding Winnie tells the inspirational true story of a bear that inspired A.A. Milne to write his famous stories. The author Lindsay Mattick is the great-granddaughter of Harry Colebourn a veterinarian from Winnipeg who joined the army in World War I to take of the horses.On a train trip through Canada to travel to the army base, Harry finds a man with a bear cub at a train station. Harry offers to purchase the cub for $20.00 and names her Winnie, who travels with him on the train to the training camp. She quickly became one of the soldiers and with her fine bear navigator skills she was deemed a remarkable bear. Winnie made the journey with Harry and the army across the ocean and became the official mascot. As time passed Harry realized that his beloved bear had grown and there still was a war to be fought, so Winnie was taken to her new home at the London Zoo. A transition begins in Winnie’s life-a boy named Christopher Robin visits the London zoo who has become transfixed with Winnie: “There is something special about that Bear.” Christopher Robin Milne developed a friendship with Winnie that he named his own teddy bear Winnie -the-Pooh. And the rest is literary history.

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