A #1 New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the Caldecott Medal about the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.
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 journeyfrom 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.
Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. And she was a girl!
About the Author
Lindsay Mattick, great-granddaughter of Harry Colebourn, has shared Winnie's story around the world. She lives with her family in Toronto, Canada.
Sophie Blackall's work has appeared in the bestselling Ivy and Bean series, award-winning picture books, a global pro-vaccination campaign, and on a renowned NYC subway poster. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a lovely book. I had forgotten how it all had started and had to read. I liked seeing the real photos in the back of the book.
+I bought this book for my daughter for Christmas because she collects Winnie. When I opened the book to read it I was amazed at the illustrations and at the history being presented in an easy to understand way. My grandson (8) loved the book, too. He could understand the history too. The illustrations are beautiful and add so much to the story. If you love Winnie or collect him you will love this story.
My son and I absolutely love the book!! It is our new favorite of all time!! This is a must read for all ages and is sure to be a book that will be passed down for generations to come!!
The opening lines of this book just beg you to turn the page. And so I did. In this book, I found a story within a story about a veterinarian named Harry Colebourn (notice the similarity between this character and the name of the character who speaks first?) who left his hometown of Winnipeg (notice the name of the town?) in 1914 to help the war effort as a horse doctor. On his way, he encounters a man on the train platform with a baby (you guessed it) bear! I won’t say more because I urge you to read this for yourself -- follow Winnie’s journey from train platform to storybook. But I will say that the clever plot structure and flowing text and gorgeous illustrations (Did I mention this won the Caldecott in 2016?) are sure to draw you in and maybe even shout, “Buy me!” like they did to me.