THE REAL STORY BEHIND WINNIE-THE-POOH

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Finding Winnie:The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall
Author: Lindsay Mattick
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Source: Personal Copy

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Finding Winnie is the charming and heartwarming tale of a friendship between a soldier and a real bear. Each year the American Library Association awards the Caldecott Medal to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Sophie Blackall is the 2016 recipient for Finding Winnie.

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Readers follow this enticing story interpreted by detailed realistic watercolor art bringing the story to life with the emotions they evoke. Art and story compliment each other in their excellence. The charming and heartwarming text by Lindsay Mallick delivers the account of the soldier and the bear as they travel from the forests of Canada to the World War I Training Camp in England and then to the London Zoo. The book tells a second connected story and then, an album of historic photos detailing the real story that inspired this book.

Several creative elements take this book beyond what we expect in a good picture book. One is concerned with what a story is as connected to the mind of a child. Some illustrations are grouped on a page. This enlivens the journey, showing passage of time, and also clearly relates elements of the plot. In this and in other ways the variety of the illustrations increase interest and give depth to the storytelling.

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Author Lindsay Mattick is the great-granddaughter of Captain Harry Colebourne. He bought and trained the bear that inspired Winnie-The-Pooh and this story Finding Winnie. This book makes the connections clear. And for many, the story behind the beloved classic tale Winnie-The-Pooh is unknown. You can follow Sophie Blackall and Lindsay Mattick on Facebook and Twitter and each has a website. www.sophieblackall.com www.lindsaymattick.com

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I loved the interesting historical text and the incredible drawings. For yourself, for your children and grandchildren, because you love history and literature, I urge you to buy this book! I’ve read many children’s book. I assure you this one is unforgettable.

Note: Story illustrations are in color. Most album pictures are sepia toned. Apologies that one of my pictures does not show correct color.

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2 thoughts on “THE REAL STORY BEHIND WINNIE-THE-POOH

  1. Bernadette Mainzer

    This has always been one of my favorites to read to children – whether they were 2 or 12. My former 6th graders loved the adventures of Winnie, Eeyore, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga & Roo ` mostly how Christopher Robin treated them all. thanks for bringing my attention to a “new” book about Winnie.

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