Many of us grew up having the stories of a certain little bear who loved honey ever so much read to us. Winnie-the-Pooh and all of his friend’s from the Hundred Acre Woods were part of our childhood thanks to the written works of A.A. Milne. Have you ever wondered where the idea for this lovable bear came from?
Many of us Canadians have an idea thanks to a commercial that used to always be played on television, or we learned this bit of the tale thanks to our teachers in school. We learned just a bit about how Canadian Lieutenant Harry Colebourn purchased a bear at a train station from a hunter, and that bear was given the name Winnie after the soldiers hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winnie found herself to be the unofficial mascot of Harry’s regiment, and she was smuggled into Britain. Winnie was eventually left at the London Zoo while her owner headed to France with his unit. After the war ended Winnie was donated to the London Zoo, a place that she had come to know as home. A.A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin Milne named his toy bear Winnie after the Canadian black bear that he visited often at the zoo. From this came the inspiration for the Winnie-the-Pooh stories.
Winnie: The Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh is all about this story; of a soldier and his bear. The pages are covered in gorgeous water colour illustrations. This is a tale that many will enjoy, especially all us adults who have already grown up with Winnie-the-Pooh as part of our lives for so long. Knowing the inspiration for the books makes them all the more special. I’m certain this book will be making its way into many classrooms, and homes alike as the real tale of Winnie is shared. I am so glad to have this story, and to be able to share it with my daughter.
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