Winnie

About the Author: Sally M. Walker

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  • Hardcover
  • 40 pages
  • Winnie
  • Sally M. Walker
  • English
  • 15 May 2018
  • 0805097155

Winnie Who Could Care For A Bear When Harry Colebourn Saw A Baby Bear For Sale At The Train Station, He Knew He Could Care For It Harry Was A Veterinarian But He Was Also A Soldier In Training For World War I Harry Named The Bear Winnie, Short For Winnipeg, His Company S Home Town, And He Brought Her Along To The Training Camp In England Winnie Followed Harry Everywhere And Slept Under His Cot Every Night Before Long, She Became The Regiment S Much Loved Mascot But Who Could Care For The Bear When Harry Had To Go To The Battleground In France Harry Found Just The Right Place For Winnie While He Was Away The London Zoo There A Little Boy Named Christopher Robin Came Along And Played With Winnie He Could Care For This Bear Too Sally Walker S Heartwarming Story, Paired With Jonathan Voss S Evocative Illustrations, Brings To Life The Story Of The Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie The Pooh

10 thoughts on “Winnie

  1. Carmen says:

    Winnie s favorite game was hide and seek biscuits.Using her long claws, she pulled hidden biscuits from Harry s pockets Good girl Harry praised when she succeeded.I was fascinated to read about the real bear that Winnie the Pooh was based on She was a black bear who Harry Colebourn, a Canadian military veterinarian, bought at a railway station for 20 dollars when she was six months old Her mother was shot by a hunter and the old man couldn t bring himself to kill the cub.Winnie quickly beca Winnie s favorite game was hide and seek biscuits.Using her long claws, she pulled hidden biscuits from Harry s pockets Good girl Harry praised when she succeeded.I was fascinated to read about the real bear that Winnie the Pooh was based on She was a black bear who Harry Colebourn, a Canadian military veterinarian, bought at a railway station for 20 dollars when she was six months old Her mother was shot by a hunter and the old man couldn t bring himself to kill the cub.Winnie quickly became the mascot of Colebourn s section group of soldiers They d walk her on a leash, feed her, and take pictures with her She slept underneath Colebourn s cot.Then the Canadian troops were called to England and they took Winnie along with them She stayed in England training with the soldiers for seven weeks But when the soldiers were ordered into combat in France, Colebourn knew that he couldn t take Winnie with him on the battlefield He gave her to a British zoo where she was well cared for and even gave children rides on her back.When Winnie was 11, she meets Christopher Robin for the first time when A.A Milne brought him to the zoo to see the animals When Christopher Robin re named his teddy after the bear, A.A Milne started constructing stories focused on and around the bear Christopher Robin called Winnie the Pooh After that, the real Winnie became very famous She died at age 20 in 1934.At the end of the book, there is an Author s Note which explains things in adult language and in muchdetail The book also offers a Works Cited at the end and suggests websites and books that will give youinformation.Will kids be interested in this book Yes Winnie the Pooh is still HUGELY popular and it will blow kids minds that he is based on a real, female bear Who would not be enchanted by a story of a soldier adopting an orphaned bear cub at a train station and then taking her with him around the world as he prepares for war Good stuff.One of the highlights of this book are the front pages and end pages, which feature fascinating black and white photos of the real Winnie and the soldiers and children who loved her.I don t really like the art The illustrations are not really to my liking, but I m picky.However, the story is great and I think if a child has any interest in Winnie the Pooh, than she he might like taking a whirl with this book.Ages 0 6

  2. Betsy says:

    I worked in close proximity to the real Winnie the Pooh for five years From 2006 to 2011 he was a daily delight To clarify, I was working alongside the original Winnie the Pooh toys owned by the real Christopher Robin, son of A.A Milne in New York Public Library s Central Children s Room We had Piglet, Tigger, Kanga no Roo , Eeyore, and Winnie himself Though ironically I never read his books as a child, in my time as a children s librarian working in the Children s Center at 42nd Street I I worked in close proximity to the real Winnie the Pooh for five years From 2006 to 2011 he was a daily delight To clarify, I was working alongside the original Winnie the Pooh toys owned by the real Christopher Robin, son of A.A Milne in New York Public Library s Central Children s Room We had Piglet, Tigger, Kanga no Roo , Eeyore, and Winnie himself Though ironically I never read his books as a child, in my time as a children s librarian working in the Children s Center at 42nd Street I became well versed in his story Winnie was purchased at Harrods for Christopher Robin who eventually named him Winnie after some bear he d seen in a zoo If pressed to conjure up facts about that zoo bear I might have been able to tell you that its name was Winnipeg, but that was about as far as my knowledge on the matter went Sometimes it takes a children s book to learn about a children s book character Winnie The True Story of the Bear That Inspired Winnie the Pooh relates the true history of a man and his bear Illustrated with aplomb by Jonathan D Voss, the book s charm is the true measure by which you can assess how well it lives up to its namesake Accuracy and adorableness in one small, furry package.There are many things Harry Colebourn could have purchased as his troop passed through the small train station, but what did he end up with A baby bear A baby black bear, if you want to be precise about it Good natured and orphaned, Harry promptly names her Winnie after his company s hometown Winnipeg and she becomes the darling of his troop When WWI calls his company across the wide ocean, Winnie comes along But killing fields are no place for a baby bear so it s to the London Zoo that Winnie goes Once there, Harry promises her that when the war is done he ll take her back to Winnipeg It s a promise he doesn t keep Upon his return Harry sees that Winnie is not only happy but a star of the zoo She s so gentle that children everywhere come to see her Even a boy by the name of Christopher RobinCopious photographs of the real Winnie and Harry grace the front endpapers while Christopher Robin graces the back There is an additional Author s Note on Harry, Winnie, and black bears as well as a Bibliography of sources.As I began reading the book I wondered if the story of Winnie would be akin to other military animal tales out there Would Winnie aid the Allies much in the same way as Voytek in Poland or was sheof a mascot like Stubby Neither, as it happens Though Winnie did make it onto a boat headed for France, her keeper was smart enough to recognize that while some bears would thrive in a war zone see Voytek , Winnie was not one of them Really she was just a baby and after seeing her playing and cuddling with Harry the thought of her existing in a place where bullets would fly is terrifying This is a sweet wartime tale, perfect for reading to younger children who take things on face value and aren t aware of what WWI really entailed.The art of Jonathan D Voss caught me by surprise With just a half glance at the cover I initially though the illustrator was Amy June Bates who illustrated the somewhat similar Christian the Hugging Lion back in 2010 An understandable mistake but once I actually went so far as to, oh I dunno LOOK at the book, I could see that Voss has a crisper line as well as a sure and steady grasp on the material This being the first picture book that he has illustrated, he does a good job of making some really iconic images The view on the cover of Harry hugging Winnie to his chest, as one might cuddle an infant, is downright heartwarming Likewise the image of Winnie asleep under Harry s cot as his long arm drapes down, his wrist bending in sleep, works And if the four shots of Harry playing with Winnie were a YouTube video they d gethits than any other cute animal video to date There is the occasional misstep, I m afraid A boy riding Winnie later in the book bears the slack jawed look of a very small grown man and not a little boy Indeed Voss appears to be most comfortable when Winnie is his focus There s not a single image where that bear doesn t feel 100% authentic One suspects the artist spent a great deal of time studying baby black bears and how they move He also does a decent job of rendering the stuffed Pooh accurately The arms are admittedly a bit long but the stance and nose are on target One objection I ve heard to the story is that there isn t enough Christopher Robin real Winnie the Pooh info included in this story I can see where this critic is coming from but I respectfully disagree To my mind, Winnie s story is fascinating in and of itself regardless of what famous literary character she ended up inspiring on some level Hers is a story of tragedy turned to great good luck Few orphaned bears in the WWI era would have found such a caring owner, let alone one that let them travel to Europe Her life was notable at the time and makes for no less an interesting story today.For my part, the book gets into tricky territory when we view the quoted dialog Now Ms Walker is a known entity She does this stuff for a living Wins big nonfiction awards like the Sibert for Secrets of a Civil War Submarine and the like So when we get to a section where Harry is quoted saying I ll feed her condensed milk She can stay with me in camp Winnipeg can be our mascot, then we have to naturally assume that the quote comes from one of the listed sources Walker provides at the back of the book The quotes are not sourced but since Harry s diary is one of those aforementioned sources, there s a strong likelihood that the quotes come from there I m giving the book the benefit of the doubt in this matter, since faux dialog is the bane of the modern nonfiction picture book.Read this book and few will wonder that after seeing Winnie in person, Christopher Robin wanted a bear of his very own Indeed, the vast majority of children who are read Winnie may think to themselves or say out loud at some point, When do I get my own Sorry, kids If it s any consolation you can see the Winnie the Pooh toys in the main New York Public Library location anytime the building is open Maybe it won t be the same as getting to ride a sweet bear in the zoo, but it s still a part of this story on some level Cute, not saccharine, and pleasing to boot, this is one story behind the story kids will definitely appreciate Lovers of Pooh welcome but not required.For ages 4 7

  3. Manybooks says:

    While there is indeed very much to love and appreciate with regard to Sally M Walker s Winnie The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh and I do absolutely love the combination of authentic photographs and Jonathan D Voss expressive accompanying illustrations, which while perhaps a tad too cartoon like at times, always manage to capture especially Winnie the bear in all of her many guises and emotions , considering that Winnie The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie th While there is indeed very much to love and appreciate with regard to Sally M Walker s Winnie The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh and I do absolutely love the combination of authentic photographs and Jonathan D Voss expressive accompanying illustrations, which while perhaps a tad too cartoon like at times, always manage to capture especially Winnie the bear in all of her many guises and emotions , considering that Winnie The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh is also and perhaps even first and foremost a story of WWI, of the so called Great War, I am kind of feeling that the author has in no way adequately presented what WWI was, has not really sufficiently pointed out the horrors of what WWI truly signified For while I of course did not expect to read minute details about Harry Colebourne s battle experiences in France, and while I guess the possible dangers of battle are at least mildly alluded to once or twice, I for one have been left with the rather painful feeling that the narrative really does not all that much show that the soldiers training to go to France to fight were in fact training to fight in Hell, that many did not return and many were scarred for life both physically and mentally not to mention the battlefield animals, specially the horses Yes, the story of how Harry finds Winnie and how Winnie later ends up in a London zoo where she is noticed by author A.A Milne and his son Christopher Robin and becomes the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh is sweetly engaging, but I most definitely have been a bit personally disappointed and even rather upset that Sally M Walker basically does so very much gloss over the First World War, that she really does in no way portray it and even in the otherwise excellent author s note at the back as the horror, the all encompassing tragedy it represented that even Winnie s sojourn as the quasi mascot of Harry Colebourne s unit whilst in training is somehow portrayedas a fun and adventurous romp, with the potential dangers of battle only rather vaguely hinted at, andwith regard to Winnie the bear and not with regard to the soldiers who would be shipping off to fight in the trenches of France And thus, only three stars for Winnie The True Story of the Bear who Inspired Winnie the Pooh, because while I can and do appreciate the author s and the illustrator s efforts and have indeed quite enjoyed the story especially how Harry purchases Winnie as an orphaned bear cub to save her life and how she becomes the inspiration for A.A Milne s Winnie the Pooh , the to and for me rather uncritical and almost nonchalant portrayal of WWI, leave a bit to be personally desired although I would still tend to recommend Winnie The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh, but with the caveat that I do think that WWI has been approached in a rather trivial, unserious, laxly uncritical and actually almost accepting and condoning, promoting manner

  4. Orsolya says:

    Most children and adults, alike don t realize that the famous character Winnie the Pooh was based on a real life bear named Winnipeg Winnie for short Winnie was cared for by a veterinarian and soldier during WWI, Harry Colebourn Colebourn, being relocated to France, had to give Winnie to the London Zoo for caring which is where author A.A Milne s son Christopher Robin fell in love with the bear, inspired bed time stories, and the rest is history Sally Walker brings this inspiration to li Most children and adults, alike don t realize that the famous character Winnie the Pooh was based on a real life bear named Winnipeg Winnie for short Winnie was cared for by a veterinarian and soldier during WWI, Harry Colebourn Colebourn, being relocated to France, had to give Winnie to the London Zoo for caring which is where author A.A Milne s son Christopher Robin fell in love with the bear, inspired bed time stories, and the rest is history Sally Walker brings this inspiration to life, with help from illustrations by Jonathan Voss in, Winnie The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh Winnie is a simple, charming book perfect for a quick bedtime story for very young children preschool and kindergarten and those just learning to read Although the story and prose are easy to understand Walker also provides substantial sentence structure making the story flow and captivating for children The wonderful thing about Winnie is its two pronged success at entertaining Winnie the Pooh fans by teaching history and explaining the real life inspiration behind the character while also showing children how to be loving, friendly, and a caretaker based on the relationship between Harry and Winnie This makes Winnie a positive lesson book and can even provide talking points on many echelons between parents and children Voss s illustrations are somewhat standard for children s books in the usual watercolor paint style However, the detail is inviting and sweet and thus fits the story quite well.The ending of Winnie feels a bit abrupt and cut off but this is redeemed by the Author s Note which presents real life facts regarding Winnie and Harry Sources are also listed while some authentic photos of Harry and Winnie grace the insides of the front and back covers Winnie is an easy to read charming book which sweetly explains to children the inspiration behind Winnie the Pooh Although it isn t the most memorable children s book it is still a positive choice for young readers and parents and is recommended for the kiddos and Winnie the Pooh fans

  5. David Schaafsma says:

    The whole family will read all these Goodreads Children s Illustrated book nominees for 2015 and rate all of them I never knew that Winnie the Pooh was based on Christopher Robin s encounter with a real live bear at the London Zoo My family loved this book, and it was hands down their favorite of the six of fifteen nominees for the award we have in the house at the moment I was on my way to the library to get it and heard Sally Walker on NPR being interviewed about it, and it really got me The whole family will read all these Goodreads Children s Illustrated book nominees for 2015 and rate all of them I never knew that Winnie the Pooh was based on Christopher Robin s encounter with a real live bear at the London Zoo My family loved this book, and it was hands down their favorite of the six of fifteen nominees for the award we have in the house at the moment I was on my way to the library to get it and heard Sally Walker on NPR being interviewed about it, and it really got me interested A soldier, Harry Colebourn, bought the bear in Winnipeg and called it that, though it was shortened to Winnie Amazingly, the bear yes, a real live bear became his regiment s mascot It slept for a time under his bed And it was raised as a gentle, human friendly pet that eventually went to live at the London Zoo, as the soldier, who had become a veterinarian to work with horses in WWI, went to war Winnie, became famous and children were allowed to be photographed with him at the zoo The book comes with pictures to prove all of this, an author s notes, sources for further study.My kids loved it, talked about it, had fun with it I liked it a lot It s not very much about Milne or Winnie the Pooh, which is just fine I thought the art by Jonathan Voss was just fine The story itself is told pretty straightforwardly and feels a little slight, though I like my kids smiled throughout It just feels pretty average as storytelling, though it has a great story to tell If that makes any sense at all.My above rating is roughly mine, and probably could have been bumped up to a five based on family ratings and influences and maybe still will be if the next nine I read of the award nominees are not nearly so good.Dave 4.5 5Tara 4.5Harry 4.5 or 5Henry 5 Lyra 5

  6. Patty says:

    Source Library I m tornI grew up on Winnie and was very much obsessed with Winnie the Pooh and friends However, I felt like this book didn t really do Winnie and how he came to be any justice o.O.

  7. Gina says:

    I loved this book, but I love Winnie the Pooh What a wonderful children s book on how Winnie the black bear inspired the Winnie the Pooh books It is a very short and simple read This is what makes it so good for kids and a nice companion to the Winnie the Pooh books Short, simple and to the point written in story form but in the non fiction section There are actual pictures of the actual Winnie bear and his owner on the inside and backside cover flap.

  8. Barb Middleton says:

    I have read this to at least 8 classes grades 1 3 and they absolutely love it and are engaged asking terrific questions This bears journey during WWI to England is pretty amazing Toss in the emotional appeal of a man leaving behind his pet and they are hooked One of my favorites so far this year.

  9. Saleh MoonWalker says:

    1926.

  10. Kristie says:

    I don t know how to rate this book It is a nonfiction children s book about a bear that is well known and loved by many I never knew that Winnie was a real bear I thought the stories just came from Christopher s stuffed bear I had heard bits and pieces, but never knew the whole story My daughter loved Winnie the Pooh when she was little, so this is very sentimental to me I loved getting to know the story of the real bear.