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Finding Winnie : the true story of the world's most famous bear / by Lindsay Mattick ; illustrated by Sophie Blackall.

Mattick, Lindsay. (Author). Blackall, Sophie, illustrator. (Added Author).
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  • 4 of 4 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 3 of 3 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 4 total copies.

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Bagley Public Library E M (Text) 33500012414769 Main Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library E M (Text) 33500012177879 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library E M (Text) 33500012177861 Main Available -
Warroad Public Library e MAT (Text) 35500005918758 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316324908 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0316324906 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York ; Little, Brown and Company, 2015.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: 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.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2015 September #1
    *Starred Review* Mattick's family ties to Winnie-the-Pooh form the backbone of her cozy debut. Framed as Mattick telling a bedtime story to her young son, Cole, her tale begins in 1914 in Canada, when veterinarian Harry Colebourn, her own great-grandfather, sets off to join the war in Europe. A fateful whistle-stop encounter with a gentle bear cub begins the historic friendship, when Colebourn buys the cub for 20 dollars. Though officers in Colebourn's division were initially aghast that he would bring a wild animal along, they were quickly won over by her irrepressible charm (and appetite), and the bear, named Winnipeg after their hometown, became the division's mascot. Winnie accompanied the soldiers all the way to England, where Colebourn eventually took Winnie to the London Zoo. There Christopher Robin met Winnie and the rest is literary history. Blackall's warm, beautiful gouache-and-ink illustrations capture an impressive depth of feeling, even in relatively simplified faces. The visuals not only complement the fablelike cadences of Mattick's text but also include subtle details that enrich the story—the opening pages, for instance, recall a storybook forest before melting into the surroundings of Cole's bedroom, where he hears the story of Colebourn and Winnie. Little ones who love A. A. Milne's classic stories will be enchanted by this heartening account of the bear's real-life origins. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Lindsay Mattick, great-granddaughter of Harry Colebourn, has shared Winnie's story around the world. She lives with her family in Toronto, Canada.

Sophie Blackall's work has appeared in the bestselling Ivy and Bean series, award-winning picture books, a global pro-vaccination campaign, and on a renowned NYC subway poster. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Subject: Colebourn, Harry, 1887-1947 > Juvenile fiction.
Winnipeg (Bear) > Juvenile fiction.
Colebourn, Harry, 1887-1947 > Fiction.
Winnipeg (Bear) > Fiction.
Bears > Fiction.
Soldiers > Fiction.
Winnie-the-Pooh (Fictitious character) > Fiction.
Milne, A. A. (Alan Alexander), 1882-1956 > Fiction.
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