Winnie the Bear
An historic Canadian story, Winnie the Bear contains revolutionary new ideas regarding the origin of A. A. Milne's most famous creation.
"Only one bear at present in residence would I trust completely. That is Winnie, who is the original 'Winnie-the-Pooh.' She is quite the tamest and best behaved bear we have ever had at the Zoo."
The Evening News, September 27th, 1933
A true story, Winnie the Bear is the biography of a Canadian black bear named after the city of Winnipeg and adopted by Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, a kind veterinarian, who was en route overseas at the beginning of World War One. Colebourn nurtured the young cub at training camps in Valcartier, Quebec and on the Salisbury Plains.
Appleby takes us through Winnie and Harry's journey and through the story of her research, all the more fascinating for her family's connection to Harry Colebourn. Appleby's insights into the remarkable chain of events in Winnie the Bear's life reveal the bear's truly inspirational role in the creation of A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh books.
Winner of the Gold Medal in the Canada West Non-Fiction category at the Independent Publishers Book Awards in 2012
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