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

Lindsay Mattick, Sophie Blackall

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 1, Interest age: from c 5 years, Fiction, Picture storybooks, Animal stories (Children's / Teenage)

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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

Before there was WINNIE-THE-POOH, there was a real bear named Winnie . . .

Here begins the moving true story of a real bear adopted by soldiers during World War One. 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 One, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie and he took her to war. In this very special book, Harry Colebourn's great-granddaughter tells the true story of this 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 called Christopher Robin . . .

FINDING WINNIE was the winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal

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Lindsay Mattick

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

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