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A Horse Called Hero

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A Horse Called Hero

Sam Angus
Feiwel and Friends, 2013

Wonderful story about a boy and his horse, set in the turmoil of World War II in England.

Eight-year old Wolfie and his older sister Dodo live in London with a caretaker while their father is serving in the military.  As bombing escalates, children are evacuated and sent to live with families in the country.  They are stuck with a caretaker that doesn’t want them. Wolfie discovers an abandoned newborn colt.  Neighbors say it won’t survive and decide to kill it, but Boy claims it as his.  His medal-winning father returns to England, but he has been charged with desertion and remains in jail.  The locals want nothing to do with kids of a deserter; they are returned, but their teacher takes them in.

The horse is magnificent and keeps the family focused during numerous hardships including thievery, floods, and mining battles, all of which they have no control. For five years, the father and children write each other regularly.  While not a true story, it includes real events that occurred during World War II and keeps readers engaged with several life-and-death situations.

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Winnie, The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

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.

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