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The Beginnings of Pooh Bear


The picture book Finding Winnie (Amazon) was brought to my attention when Sophie Blackall won the 2016 Caldecott award for her illustrations (NPR). As a possessor of fond memories of A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, I could not believe my eyes when I opened the pages and read that the beloved Pooh bear is inspired by a real Christopher Robin and a real bear named Winnie–and that this is not even the beginning of the story! Finding Winnie tells the true tale of a cub rescued by a veterinarian enlisted as a Soldier, and the journey they take together traveling on trains, army bases, and across the ocean, and how the cub made another friend named Christopher. I refuse to spoil more details, but I will say that there are photographs in the back to prove a tale you might otherwise find hard to believe. Written with the cuteness that books for preschoolers are aimed at, and with captivating, colorful illustrations, this story is a must read for fans of Milne, lovers of real-life tales, and pursuers of adorable characters.


2 thoughts on “The Beginnings of Pooh Bear

  1. Perhaps you would like to read Christopher Robin’s book “Enchanted Places.” I found it fascinating and loved the expression “enchanted places”, I often use the expression when visiting a library or on one my adventures.


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