The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

By Lindsay Mattick
Illustrations Sophie Blackall
Orchard Books, $30

This book is based on the author’s great-grandfather, Harry Colebourne, who signed up as a vet in the Canadian army in 1917. He buys a bear cub he names Winnie, which becomes his regiment’s mascot. Winnie stays at London Zoo when they go to the front, and a little boy called Christopher Robin befriends and names his teddy after Winnie, prompting the famous stories. Warm and wonderful Caldecott Medal-winning illustrations.