Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
Before there was Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie.
In 1914, during World War I, Captain Harry Colebourn, a Canadian veterinarian on his way to serve with cavalry units in Europe, rescued a bear cub in White River, Ontario. He named the bear Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. Harry Colebourn's real-life...more
I didn't think there would be any topping the other Caldecott honor true story of Winnie-The-Pooh picture book released in the same year and covering basically identical content (Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh). Kind of funny how that happened, huh? They both feature incredibly gorgeous artwork. Of the two it was ultimately Blackall's neat, clean, highly detailed illustrations that won out and earned the Caldecott medal for this book.
Without doubt, ...more
A really neat story telling us about the real Winnie-the-Pooh and how she came to help inspire the creation of the beloved and well loved books of A.A. Milne.
We especially ...more
World's Most Famous Bear
by Lindsay Mattick, 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 ...more
I hadn't realized the author had a personal connection to the material till close to the end of the book, when she says she's the great granddaughter of Colebourn. There were some really neat diary entries from Harry Colebourn, and photos of the bear. The ...more
1) I'm Canadian.
2) I quite like the movie 'A Bear Named Winnie'
3) My family's nickname for my youngest brother is 'Winnie the Pooh' and we buy him lots of the Disney version merch, but it's good to have IRL stuff lying around the house as well.
Entrancingly written, with lovely illustrations, plenty of heart (I teared up!), and awesome photos at ...more
Veterinarian Harry Colebourn purchased the bear cub for $20 off a trapper while he was in route to serve in World War I. He named the Bear Winnipeg, Winnie for short, and she soon became the mascot of his regiment. When she grew too large to travel with the soldiers, Harry helped Winnie find a new home at the London Zoo where she would soon meet a young Christopher Robin and inspire a whole series of books.
The story is ...more
I'll admit that I think this story is a tragedy, and that the real Winnie suffered immensely - especially in that awful concrete zoo enclosure. As a librarian, I love hearing the stories ...more