Finding Winnie: The true story of the world’s most famous bear – Lindsay Mattick


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  • Age Range: 3 – 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD590L
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 20, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316324906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316324908

EXCERPT from School Library Journal:
This sweet tale of the black bear that inspired the legendary children’s book character Winnie-the-Pooh will resonate with readers. In the framing story, a mother tells her son, Cole, a bedtime tale about how veterinarian Harry Colebourn, a young Canadian soldier on his way to train and fight in Europe during World War I, stumbled upon a baby black bear that he bought off a trapper at a train depot. Colebourn named the bear Winnie, short for Winnipeg, a gentle reminder of his hometown, and took the bear with him to England. Winnie quickly became the mascot of his unit. But when the time came to ship out to France for combat, Colebourn left his beloved pet in the capable hands of the London Zoo. Later, Milne and his son, Christopher Robin, visited the London Zoo and Christopher Robin took an immediate shine to Winnie, developing an unusually strong bond with the animal and even playing with her in her enclosure. The boy imagined all sorts of adventures for Winnie, which became the basis for the now-famous stories written by Milne. Washes of muted colors convey a cozy cheeriness that imbues the book with warmth and comfort, while occasional interjections from young Cole add to the fun. Blackall’s characters are rosy-cheeked and expressive, while Winnie is curious and whimsical. A perfect melding of beautiful art with soulful, imaginative writing, this lovely story, penned by Colebourn’s great-great granddaughter, is ideal for sharing aloud or poring over individually. VERDICT Children everywhere will enjoy this tale for years. A must-have.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

Rationale for Inclusion:
This winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal is certain to be a popular one with young readers. It introduces topics like conservation and biological diversity, and human-animal connections. An excellent addition to any library!

Bonus: the author, Lindsay Mattick, reads Finding Winnie aloud here.

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