Mattick, Lindsay Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall PICTUREBOOK 56 pgs. Little, Brown and Company 2015. $18.00. Content: G.
When Henry Colebourne, a WWI Canadian Army Veterinarian sees a baby bear for sale on a train platform, he can’t resist buying her, naming her Winnipeg (after his company’s hometown) and making her the mascot. He knows how to care for a bear after all. When his company is shipped to England, Winnie comes too. She sleeps under Harry’s cot, isn’t afraid of the horses and everyone loves her. But when his company is sent to the battlefields in France, Harry arranges for her to be safely cared for in the London Zoo. That’s where a boy named Christopher Robin Milne finds her, and imagines he has a real bear of his own.
The author is the great granddaughter of Colebourne, and the story is told from a mother to her little boy (who interrupts the story occasionally) The pictures are large, full-color and beautiful, and are reminiscent of children’s books from the 20th century. Complete with snapshots and family artifacts.
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