Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick

This book tells the true story behind Winnie-the-Pooh. Finding Winnie is a story within a story: the reader is learning about Winnie while the mother in the book tells the story to her son. It opens with a soldier heading off to WWI. At a train stop, the soldier sees a bear sitting with a trapper. Being a veterinarian, the young soldier has sympathy for the bear and buys him from the trapper. Winnipeg, or Winnie as she is later called, acts as a mascot for his fellow soldiers while at training camp and travels with them to England. As Winnie gets a bit older and the soldier has to go to the front, he gives her to the London zoo. While there, Winnie befriends a small boy named Christopher, whose father goes onto write about the bear in children's books. This is a true story, but told in a personal and interesting way (the author is the great-granddaughter of the soldier.) Sophie Blackall's illustrations are lovely and muted, giving the book a sweet, vintage quality.

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