The Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Lindsay Mattick
  

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

Written by Lindsay Mattick
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

3+ readers   Baby and Toddler   

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Before there was Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. This is the moving and true story of the real bear named Winnie who eventually met up with a boy named Christopher Robin at London Zoo.

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The Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Lindsay Mattick

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 and Christopher Robin...

Reviews

Beautifully illustrated, in effective muted tones * Parents in Touch * Utterly captivating ... A perfect introduction to the Pooh Corner adventures for generations to come * Daily Mail * This is a beautifully inspired story for children * Western Morning News * This is one of the sweetest tales I've read in a long time -- and it's based on a true story, which makes it all the more poignant ... The story is utterly enchanting from start to finish and beautifully illustrated too * Manchester Evening News * Gorgeously illustrated ... delightful * The New York Times * 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 * The true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey * Good Reads * The gorgeous story of the friendship between a soldier ... and the real bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh. * The Guardian * Winnie's incredible tale is brought to life by the great-grandaughter of Winnie's rescuer in this fascinating picture book. * The School Run * 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 *

About the Author

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 is a celebrated artist whose work has appeared in the bestselling Ivy and Bean series; in multiple glorious, award-winning picture books; as part of a worldwide pro-vaccination campaign toeradicate measles; and on a renowned New York subway poster.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
56 pages
Interest Age: From 3 to 5 years

Author

Lindsay Mattick
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Publisher

Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

5th November 2015

ISBN

9781408340233

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