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Winnie : the true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Walker, Sally M. (author.). Voss, Jonathan D., (illustrator.).

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Mahnomen Public Library E 599.785 WAL (Text) 33500011985124 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library E 599.785 WAL (Text) 33500011985116 Main Available -
Greenbush Public Library e 599.785 WAL (Text) 35500005462096 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0805097155
  • ISBN: 9780805097153
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, portraits ; 27 cm
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.: "When Harry Colebourn saw a baby bear at a train station, he knew he could care for it. Harry was a veterinarian. But he was also a soldier in training during World War I. Harry named the bear Winnie, short for Winnipeg, his company's home town, and he brought her along to the military camp in England. Winnie followed Harry everywhere and slept under his cot every night. Before long, she became the regiment's much-loved mascot. But who could care for the bear when Harry went to battle? Harry found just the right place for Winnie--the London Zoo. There a boy named Christopher Robin played with Winnie--he could care for this bear too!"--
Target Audience Note:
Ages 4-8.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2014 December #1
    Talk about a chance encounter. Harry Colebourn of the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps happened to notice a man sitting at a train stop with a six-month-old bear. Curious, he accepted the man's $20 offer to buy the orphaned animal, and before Harry's train trip was over, he'd named it Winnie. As Harry continued his work of training war horses, Winnie followed him everywhere, nuzzling horses and crawling inside Harry's clothes to play "hide-and-seek biscuits." When time came to ship out to England, Winnie came, too, and marched with the soldiers at their camp. It was only when the troops were sent to the battlefield that Harry turned Winnie over to the London Zoo, where she became famous for her gentle nature. This story is so intrinsically appealing and delightful that the final act comes as a bonus surprise: author A. A. Milne saw the bear and was inspired to create Winnie-the-Pooh. Beautifully illustrated with humanistic, old-fashioned washes, Walker's true tale is a low-key heart warmer about an unexpected interspecies bond. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Sally M. Walker is the author of the ALA Notable Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917. She is also the author of Written in Bone, Fossil Fish Found Alive, and Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, which was awarded a Sibert Medal. She lives in Illinois.

Jonathan D. Voss was a portrait artist and graphic designer before becoming a children's book illustrator. He lives in North Carolina with his family. Winnie is his first book.

Subject: Winnipeg (Bear) Juvenile literature
Colebourn, Harry 1887-1947 Juvenile literature
Canada. Canadian Armed Forces Mascots Juvenile literature
Winnie-the-Pooh (Fictitious character) History Juvenile literature
Black bear Juvenile literature
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