Sunday, November 16, 2014

Love You, Pooh Bear!



"How do you spell love?" 
...Piglet

"You don't spell it, you feel it." 
...Winnie the Pooh





If you're a visitor to my Facebook page, you know that I often post quotes and pictures of my favorite children characters, Winnie the Pooh and friends. I still have Winnie picture books, Winnie figurines, and my stuffed Winnie. As a child, I loved my "Pooh Bear" who was always there whenever I needed a cuddle or a hug. As an adult, I realize that my affection for the characters in the Hundred Acres Woods stems from their friendship and loyalty to each other.

Some people may not know that Winnie was inspired by a real life bear. 

This week I came across a couple of reviews for a children's book, due to be released in January, Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker, John Voss and Jonathan D.Voss. I'm counting the days until January to read this book. In the meantime, all you Winnie fans (and I can tell by the post reach on my FB page there are lots of you), I've included the book's description, the Publishers Weekly review, the Kirkus review, and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble links for the book.






"Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
...Christopher Robin 



Publisher Weekly 

http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-8050-9715-3?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=94f331fbd0-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-94f331fbd0-304655105


Kirkus Reviews

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/sally-m-walker-2/winnie/





"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever." 
...Winnie the Pooh






Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired 
Winnie-the-Pooh
       by Sally M. Walker, John Voss, and Jonathan D. Voss



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!


Sally Walker’s heartwarming story, paired with Jonathan Voss’s evocative illustrations, brings to life the story of the real bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh.


Available for Pre-Order

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Winnie-Story-Inspired-Winnie---Pooh/dp/0805097155/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415925501&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=Winnie%3A+The+True+Story+of+the+Bear+Who+Inspired+Winnie-the-Pooh+%28Jan+2015%29

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/winnie-sally-m-walker/1120023787?ean=9780805097153


Have a great week, Everyone!



(photos c/o www.facebook.com/WinniethePoohUKandIreland)

17 comments:

  1. Definitely going on my must-read list. Thanks, Angela!

    Interesting side note: My FIL was English. He and my MIL called each other Pooh, but they refused to say why. They took that secret to their graves.

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    1. That is an interesting -- and kind of adorable-- side note about your ILs. Thanks, Lois, for visiting today!

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  2. My Scottish bear-shifter stories show the internal relationships between the bears and the humans, not just their duality, but also the bears' personalities. One likes to show off, yet could easily be intimidated. The other was angry with his human for spurning the woman a couple years earlier. In the book I'm writing now, the bear is temperamental, yet knows what his human needs. Gee, can you tell I'd never written paranormal before? I just made up my own rules. I'd never heard this story about Winnie. Thanks for sharing it with us. I've read many books to the grandkids over the years about Winnie and Piglet..

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    1. Vonnie, of course, you can make up your own rules. That's why it's called "fiction." Aside from Winnie, I love all bears. Whenever I see a tidbit on the news about a bear wandering in a New Jersey backyard, my reaction is "awww..." Thanks, Vonnie, for stopping by today.

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  3. Wonderful tribute to an endearing story and fabulous illustrations. My granddaughters love Winnie, as do I.

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    1. When I'm at the library, I love seeing the children sitting in the children's corner with Pooh books!

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    2. Oops...I forgot to thank you for stopping by, Marion. Thanks, Friend!

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  4. Hi, Angela! I love Lois' story. I read the Pooh stories to my boys and watched anime shorts with them. I loved it! Wish kids had it now.

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    1. I still see some children at the library with Pooh books. Thanks for stopping by, Vicki!

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    3. I forgot to add that my library has some Winnie and Friends DVDs.

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  5. I adore Pooh. Somewhere I have an old Pooh stuffed animal who has seen better days as he was my childhood friend. He has been stitched and lost his little red shirt.

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    1. My "Pooh Bear" has lost his fur in spots and has been stitched a few times, too. But, he's still my Pooh Bear!" Thanks for stopping by, Kimba!!

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  6. Oh, I've always wanted to know the inspiration for Pooh. Whenever my family would visit my mother's parents, we were vanquished to the basement where my sister and I would take turns reading Pooh, the only children books down there. The other books were century old medical books. Anyway, my sister and brother and I would re-enact whatever we'd just read, usually forcing my brother to be Piglet. Those were funny times, and I've always loved Pooh since!

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I can't help but wonder -- why your brother was Piglet?

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  7. Great post! Love Winnie The Pooh. Looking forward to the book. P.S. I tweeted and shared this wonderful post. :-)

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  8. Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer! And for the "tweet" and "share."

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