Finding Winnie

Finding Winnie

The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

Book - 2015
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A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers' horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2015
ISBN: 9781443429184
Additional Contributors: Blackall, Sophie - Illustrator


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Canadian Lindsay Mattick shares the story of how her great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and loved the bear cub who inspired A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh.

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Nov 23, 2019

A Canadian book on an oh so Canadian subject that, for some reason, uses American spelling.
This edition boasts a gold Caldecott Medal emblem on the cover.
Is there in fact an edition available with correct spelling?

May 16, 2019


coloradobuck Jan 30, 2018

fantastic story based on real events, written at a higher level, great for older kids.

SPL_Kids Jun 22, 2016

So many of us have loved the stories about Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood ... but how many of us have been aware of how these stories started in the first place?
In this wonderful picture book we learn about the Canadian vet, Harry Coleman, who, on his way to Europe to attend to the horses being used in the First World War, purchased a bear cub in northern Ontario.
The cub was given the name "Winnie" and Lindsay Mattick's story goes on to explain how the little bear ended up in the London Zoo, where a little boy named Christopher Robin Milne used to visit her .....
The family connection between the author and the Canadian vet, revealed at the end of the story, contributes to this very touching story.

Jun 10, 2016

Delightful story. Loved the photos in the back of the real life Captain Colebourn, Winnipeg and "Christopher Robin".

This book is worthy of all the hype and a deserved high note for Sophie Blackall after the somewhat problematic A Fine Dessert. This could be a great story to introduce kids to the classic, non-Disney-fied Winnie the Pooh stories. Adults will likely find this a more emotional read than kids will (because of the warm fuzzy factor - no need to brace yourself for bad things to happen to Winnie) but this is a perfect quiet bedtime story for all.

Apr 09, 2016

One of the best books I have read on the story of how Winnie -the - Pooh came to be .
But then it is written by the Great -Granddaughter of Captain Harry Colebourn , the man who bought the little bear for $20 at a train station before being shipped out for duty as a veterinarian during WW1 This is the remarkable true story of the bear that inspired Winnie - the -Pooh . Very enjoyable .

Apr 03, 2016

I love stories when a family member discovers something special about a relative and shares it with the world. "Finding Winnie" is not only well written, but also well researched. I love the photos at the end. I wouldn't have believed they would let a child in a cage with a bear unless I had seen the actual photo of Christopher Robin with the real-bear Winnie!

JCLKatieS Apr 02, 2016

Winnie the Pooh was a childhood favorite in my household and so I was very intrigued by this book and it did not disappoint. The illustrations were adorable, the story was sweet, and it made me want to buy the book for my family. I highly recommend this one!

Jan 27, 2016

Amazing and very interesting story. Wonderful illustrations and photographs.

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sanamg Oct 25, 2017

"There is something you must always remember," Harry said. "it's the most important thing, really. Even if we're apart, I'll always love you. You'll always be my bear."

Jun 10, 2016

The Colonel says: "We are on a journey of thousands of miles heading into the thick of battle, and you propose to bring this Most Dangerous Creature?"

That creature was a bear cub named Winnipeg who joined the journey and later inspired the Winnie the Pooh stories.

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Aug 21, 2017

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