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p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times} From the creative team behind the bestselling, Caldecott Medal—winning Finding Winnie comes an extraordinary wartime adventure seen...
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  • p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times} From the creative team behind the bestselling, Caldecott Medal—winning Finding Winnie comes an extraordinary wartime adventure seen through the eyes of the world's most beloved bear.
    Here is a heartwarming imagining of the real journey undertaken by the extraordinary bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. From her early days with her mama in the Canadian forest, to her remarkable travels with the Veterinary Corps across the country and overseas, and all the way to the London Zoo where she met Christopher Robin Milne and inspired the creation of the world's most famous bear, Winnie is on a great war adventure.
    This beautifully told story is a triumphant blending of deep research and magnificent imagination. Infused with Sophie Blackall's irresistible renderings of an endearing bear, the book is also woven through with entries from Captain Harry Colebourn's real wartime diaries and contains a selection of artifacts from the Colebourn Family Archives. The result is a one-of-a-kind exploration into the realities of war, the meaning of courage, and the indelible power of friendship, all told through the historic adventures of one extraordinary bear.

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  • Lindsay Mattick, Harry Colebourn's great-granddaughter, is the vice-president of an award-winning public relations firm. Based in Toronto, she has shared Harry and Winnie's story around the world.


    Joshua Greenhut is a consultant and writer. He lives in Toronto with his family.


    Sophie Blackall is the illustrator of many acclaimed picture books, including Finding Winnie and Hello Lighthouse as well as a number of beloved novels, including the series Ivy and Bean and The Witches of Benevento. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 4, 2018
    Expanding upon their Caldecott-winning picture book, 2015’s Finding Winnie, Blackall and Mattick add Greenhut (the Flat Stanley series) to their team for this amplified tale of the bear who traveled from the Canadian woods across the Atlantic during World War I to the London Zoo, where she became the inspiration for Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. Narrated by a descendant of Captain Harry Colebourn, who adopted Winnie, and told to Colebourn’s great-great-grandson, the story focuses on Winnie’s gentle, fun-loving nature and her devotion to Colebourn throughout their journey in wartime Europe. Brief excerpts from Colebourn’s diaries ground the book in historical reality, while Winnie’s relationships with horses and rats—even a Canadian infantry’s billy goat—create a warm animal story. Winnie expresses herself in language throughout the narrative, but she communicates with Colebourn through expressions and movements (“ ‘I’m not getting in,’ Winnie said by lying down in the mud”). Well-detailed descriptions carry the reader along on the trip, and Colebourn and Winnie’s strong friendship, rendered believably and movingly, is the emotional heart of the story. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. Authors’ agents: (for Mattick) Jackie Kaiser, Westwood Creative Artists; (for Greenhut) Kim Witherspoon, InkWell Management. Illustrator’s agent: Nancy Gallt, Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency.

  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2018
    The biography of the world's most beloved bear finds a whole new audience in this winsome new work about Winnie.As readers of Finding Winnie know, before she was Winnie-the-Pooh, the inspiration for the famous literary character was a cub living with her mother in the forests of Canada. Billed as a version of Winnie's origin story for a more mature reader, Mattick and Greenhut's thoughtful narrative tackles difficult subjects such as the death of a parent and the fear of being different with grace and humor. Besides its length, what most distinguishes this work from the Caldecott Award-winning picture book dealing with the same subject matter is tone. Winnie's journey demonstrates that new and unexpected life paths emerge from tragedy. In the authors' capable hands, Winnie becomes a strong and sympathetic character in her own right well before her fateful meeting with Lt. Harry Colebourn, the soldier who takes her to war with him. Narration that shifts between Winnie's life in the past and contemporary times, when Mattick tells the tale to her son, Cole, is an excellent framing device providing context for the larger historical events that shape Winnie's future. Blackall's spread-spanning illustrations, which serve as section breaks, are sublime as always and will make readers wish that there were more of them.A charming addition to Pooh lore that will send readers happily back to the Hundred-Acre Wood. (Historical fiction. 8-12)

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  • School Library Journal

    September 1, 2018

    Gr 3-5-Before Winnie became Winnie the Pooh, she was Winnipeg, a Canadian bear sold to Captain Harry Colebourn at the outset of the Great War. With her intelligence, wit, and bravery, Winnie became the unofficial mascot for Harry's Infantry Brigade, bolstering the morale of animals and soldiers alike in the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps. Written by Harry's great-granddaughter, this transporting book chronicles Winnie's extraordinary life and contributions to the war effort. Beginning sweetly with Winnie and her mother in the forests of Ontario, the narrative extends to Camp Valcartier, across the Atlantic, to Salisbury Plain, England. When at last the story winds its way to the London Zoo, readers encounter the burgeoning of a now-famous relationship between Winnie and a certain admiring young visitor, the son of author A.A. Milne, Christopher Robin Milne. Historical information is seamlessly interwoven with Winnie's touching personal tale of courage and friendship, with actual excerpts from Colebourn's war diaries interspersed. Occasional whimsical illustrations by Blackall add charm to a tale already sure to endear readers young and old. VERDICT A heartwarming read-aloud or a gentle independent reading escape, this is a must-have for elementary school collections.-Melissa Williams, Berwick Academy, ME

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • AudioFile Magazine Kathleen McInerney narrates the expanded true story first revealed in the picture book FINDING WINNIE. Told from Winnie-the Pooh's perspective as a cub, the story begins as he is orphaned and bought by a Canadian soldier. From there, he sails to Europe and finally comes to the English zoo where A.A. Milne, the author of WINNIE-THE-POOH, brought his son. McInerney performs the frame story of the soldier's granddaughter telling her son about his bear. Her tender tone softens the harsher moments dealing with the cub's mother dying and the trials of war. She moves back and forth from the playful voices of the animals that Winnie meets along the way and the considerate mother pausing the story to give context. McInerney finds a bittersweet balance between the animal fantasy and WWI. S.T.C. � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine

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