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Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh Hardcover – Picture Book, January 20, 2015

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Gr 1–2—Readers will be captivated by this picture book account of the bear who inspired the "Winnie-the-Pooh" series. Walker tells the story of Harry Colebourn, a World War I soldier who came upon a man selling a baby bear at a train station (he had shot the cub's mother) and decided to adopt the animal. A veterinarian, Colebourn quickly became attached to the little bear he named Winnie (short for Winnipeg, Manitoba, Colebourn's company's hometown), who accompanied the soldier to a training camp in Quebec and became a favorite of the entire regiment. Winnie even went with the company to England when more soldiers were needed across the Atlantic. When Colebourn was sent into battle, he took Winnie to the London Zoo, where she was so gentle and tame that zookeepers sometimes let children ride on her back. There, Milne's young son, Christopher Robin, met her and fell in love, motivating Milne to pen the "Winnie-the-Pooh" books. Sweet, realistic illustrations, rendered in watercolor with pen and ink, lend the work an old-fashioned air, while a simple but gentle narrative provides readers with a sense of the emotional connection between Winnie and Colebourn. Back matter offers brief material on Colebourn, Winnie, black bears in general, and Milne's writings, as well as photographs of Winnie and Christopher Robin. Children will enjoy this interesting insight into the real story behind a beloved bear they already know so well.—April Sanders, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL

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“Beautifully illustrated with humanistic, old-fashioned washes, Walker's true tale is a low-key heart warmer about an unexpected interspecies bond.” —Booklist

“Readers will be captivated by the fictionalized picture book account of the bear that eventually became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's acclaimed "Winnie-the-Pooh" series.” —School Library Journal

“Ideal for Winnie the Pooh fans, this clear, straightforward biography reveals the bear behind the tale.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Walker's short, descriptive text provides the essentials of the story,  and Voss's watercolor illustrations portray the unusual situation with a  mix of realism and humor.” —The Horn Book

“This is an intriguing and well-written look at a different era....Voss' watercolor and pen and ink illustrations paint a casual and affectionate portrait of man and bear.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First edition (January 20, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0805097155
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0805097153
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 - 12 years, from customers
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 540L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 1 - 2
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.29 x 0.36 x 10.19 inches
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