Academic journal article Language Arts

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

Academic journal article Language Arts

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

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Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear Written by Lindsay Mattick Illustrated by Sophie Blackall Little, Brown, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-316-32490-8

While readers may be familiar with the rotund, affable character of Winnie-the-Pooh, this exceptional picturebook introduces a new character, veterinarian Harry Colebourn, and the backstory of the "world's most famous bear." Using the framing device of a bedtime tale told by a mother to her son, Mattick describes her great-grandfather: "If a horse had the hiccups or a cow had a cough, Harry knew how to make them just right." As World War I unfolds in Europe, Lieutenant Harry leaves his home in Winnipeg for Europe to care for the Canadian soldiers' horses. In route by train, Harry encounters a bear cub and a trapper. Harry's "heart made up his mind" and he purchases the cub, names her Winnie, and brings her along to England as the regiment's mascot. …

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