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 the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England… And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin. Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.
Finding Winnie is a surprisingly interesting book about where the name for Winnie the Pooh comes from. The entire story was brand new for me. I don’t think children will appreciate the book or finding it as interesting as adults might, but it’s fun, if a little sad, to learn the story about the real bear named Winnie. The book includes some interesting facts about World War I and also includes illustrations of recovered soldiers, including an amputee. It’s a worthwhile read, but not likely a book that young readers will be interested in re-reading often.
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