Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

by Lindsay Mattick

2016 Finalist · Elementary Nonfiction

Nominated by: ktmgiorgio
Finalist blurb: Who hasn’t heard of Winnie-the-Pooh? He is one of the most popular characters in children’s literature. Finding Winnie presents a true account of the bear that inspired A.A. Milne’s stories set in the 100 Acre Wood. The source of the “silly old bear’s” namesake is a baby bear, rescued by veterinarian and WWI soldier, Harry Coleburn. This narrative nonfiction story pulls at the heartstrings of the reader, and everyone that has loved a pet will feel joy in response to the sweet relationship between Harry and Winnie. The author, Lindsay Mattick, reveals that she has named her own son, Cole, after Harry Coleburn, creating an interesting parallel. This makes Finding Winnie not just a historical story, but also a personal one. Sophie Blackall’s award-winning illustrations match the warmth of the text, and make readers want to linger over every page. Ultimately, Finding Winnie is not just a book for fans of Winnie-the-Pooh, but for anyone who is a fan of stories.
— Sara Ralph, Two Nerdy Sisters