Winnie, The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
by Sally M. Walker, illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss
Henry Holt and Company 2015
A must have book for Winnie-the-Pooh lovers! This book tells of how Winnie-the-Pooh came to be!
In the early 1900’s, Harry Coleman, a service veterinarian (for horses), discovered a small bear cub at a train station. He learned the bear’s mother had died, and the old man sitting with her was wanting to sell the bear. $20 later the bear boarded the train with the vet! Harry immediately named the bear Winnipeg, where the vet was stationed. When he was transferred to London, for World War I, Winnie went with him. When he was transferred to the front lines, Winnie was housed in the London Zoo. Because the bear was so friendly, people often joined the bear in his quarters. One day a special boy visited him—Christopher Robin! His dad watched the boy’s fascination with the bear, and began making up bedtime stories for his son. Those eventually became the Winnie-the-Pooh stories.
The art and the story are beautiful. The book includes old photos of the real Winnie, Christopher Robin and author A.A. Milne.