Winnie: the true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
A.A. Milne wrote the Winnie-the-Pooh stories but from where did he get the original idea?
The second picture book being considered for the Morning Calm Medal this year is Sally Walker's Winnie: the True Story of the Bear who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh!
"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!" - Good Reads Review
Click here to visit author Sally Walker's website.
"Parents often ask what they can give a child who wants to be a writer. The first thing is a library card. Paper and pens are another. But time is the most valuable gift that anyone can give to a budding writer. Time to wander, time to learn, time to read, and above all, time to dream."
To learn more about the history of Winnie the Pooh, you can go to this website or watch the following short videos.
Just for fun, here is a Winnie-the-Pooh story for you...
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