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The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Finding Winnie

by Lindsay MattickSusan Rich and Sophie Blackall
Paperback
Publication Date: 27/09/2016
RRP  $15.99 $15.75

Before there was Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie.

Here begins the moving true story of the real bear named Winnie adopted by soldiers during World War 1, and the inspiration behind the nation's best-loved bear, Winnie-the-Pooh.

In 1914, Harry Colebourn, 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 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 an army base in England . . . and finally to London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend - a boy named Christopher Robin Milne. . .

Finding Winnie was the winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal!

ISBN:
9781408340240
9781408340240
Category:
General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
27-09-2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hachette Children's Group
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
56
Dimensions (mm):
255x252x6mm
Weight:
0.31kg
Lindsay Mattick

Lindsay Mattick, the great-granddaughter of Captain Harry Colebourn, grew up thinking of Winnie-the-Pooh as her owngreat-grandbear.

She has shared Winnie's story as a radio documentary, spearheaded an original exhibition, and traveled to the UK to commemorate Harry and Winnie's experience in World War I.

She works at Narrative Public Relations, and lives with her family in Toronto, Canada.

Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall has illustrated several children's books and has also animated for TV. Her books include Meet Wild Boars by Meg Rosoff, and Ruby's Wish.

Of Red Butterfly, she says, "It was such a delight to delve into ancient China. From the moment I first read this story, my mind has been dancing with red butterflies and peach blossoms, lotus pools and autumn moons, princesses and secrets." Sophie lives in New York, USA.

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