"How do you spell love?"
"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."
"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
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
Barnes & Noble
Have a great week, Everyone!
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