Trendy Tuesdays: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

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Trendy Tuesdays: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Winnie-the-Pooh is a classic, timeless story loved by children and adults alike.  Now, the real bear that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh is taking the children’s literature world by storm!

In Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, Lindsay Mallick tells the true story of how her great-grandfather, veterinarian Harry Colebourn, rescued a bear cub, named her Winnie, and took her on a journey across the world as he traveled to England to treat injured horses during World War I.

As Harry Colebourn was on his way from Canada to England to serve in World War I, he spotted a man with a bear cub at the train station, and without practical reason, followed his heart and purchased the cub from the man, naming her after his home in Winnipeg.  The unconditional love Colebourn showed Winnie led to an unlikely friendship as Winnie accompanied the soldiers on their journey to the army base, charming them and becoming their mascot.

Fast forward to a second section of the story, where Mallick introduces another character who is familiar to many, Christopher Robin Milne, a young boy with a stuffed teddy bear who accompanied his father to the London Zoo one day and unexpectedly left having both made a new friend and inspired an amazing story of the unlikely friendship between a boy and a bear.

Mallick’s style of storytelling, including questions and commentary from her young son, Cole, makes this a perfect story to read to children of all ages, but the timelessness of Winnie-the-Pooh welcomes adults of all ages into the audience as well. Detailed watercolor illustrations and old photographs of the cub with Harry, the soldiers, and Christopher Robin draw the readers into the story as they follow Winnie’s journey from motherless cub to the true friend we all know and love.

-Sarah Williams

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