Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Picture Books 14:14

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker 
Illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Published: 2015
ISBN-13: 9780805097153
Personal Copy
Word Count: 1000 (estimate)

As a Winnie-the Pooh fan (maybe fanatic), I was so excited when this book came out. Although it was an idea I thought about last summer...until I Googled the idea, and here this was. Oh well... Anyway, I thought that beginnings and endings would be a good fit for this book. 

The book starts with a man sitting outside a train station with a bear...

Harry Colebourn, a Canadian soldier, was so astonished by what he saw that he got off the train to see the bear. And when he finds out she is for sale, he buys her. But what will he do with a bear as a military veterinarian in 1914. Just a month after buying Winnie, named after his company's hometown, they were sent to Europe. And Winnie went with them.

When Harry's company was sent to the battlefields, he sends Winnie to the London Zoo. Near the end of the story, Harry decides to let Winnie stay at the London Zoo instead of returning home to Canada.

And here is where Harry and Winnie's story ends...

and where the story we all know begins...

             One day, when Winnie was nearly eleven yours old, a little boy 
             visited her. "Oh, Bear!" cried the boy, whose name was 
             Christopher Robin.

His father sees them together and tells Christopher Robin and his bear Winnie-the-Pooh (Edward Bear changed his name to Winnie-the-Pooh) a story about a bear. We all know who that bear is :)

Sally Walker crafted a beautiful piece of nonfiction about everyone's favorite fictional bear. Thank you telling us the story of Winnie-the-Pooh.