Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
by Sally M. Walker, Illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss
On his way to report for training at the dawn of World War One, Harry Colebourn, an army lieutenant and veterinarian came across a hunter selling an orphaned bear cub. The bear instantly charmed the young soldier and traveled with Harry overseas where she became the unofficial mascot of the Fort Garry Horse Unit of the 38 Canadian Brigade. Named Winnipeg after his hometown, and Winnie for short, the bear was a much loved companion and slept under Harry’s cot. When the Unit was posted to the frontlines in France – no place for man or bear – Harry put Winnie in the care of the London Zoo. In Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, Sally M. Walker reveals the Canadian roots of a bear that stole hearts of millions including that of a young boy named Christopher Robin.
Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker, illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.
*Originally published in the Minden Times on November 11th, 2015.