Although I'm a big admirer of Winnie and his friends (I still have the tattered, stuffed Winnie my grandmother gave me years ago), I wasn't aware "Pooh Bear" had a national day until I turned on the TV for Wednesday morning's broadcast of my local news (thank you, 6abc's Action News). Hearing the piece on Milne and Winnie reminded me of my favorite Pooh quotes, the true story behind Winnie, and one of the several books written about Milne's inspiration. I'm delighted to share my quotes with you this week, and links for the book.
"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
"Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
"How do you spell love?"
"You don't spell it, you feel it."
...Winnie the Pooh
Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired
by Sally M. Walker 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.
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Have a great week, Everyone!
(photos c/o facebook.com/winniethepooh)