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

Winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal

Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there used to be an actual bear named Winnie. And she used to be a girl!

In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his technique to have a tendency horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his fatherland of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war.

Harry Colebourn’s real-life great-granddaughter tells the actual story of a remarkable friendship and an much more remarkable journey–from the fields of Canada to a convoy around the ocean to an army base in England…

And in spite of everything to the London Zoo, where Winnie made some other new friend: an actual boy named Christopher Robin.

Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.

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