We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.

Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781408340240

Price: £6.99

Disclosure: If you buy products using the retailer buttons above, we may earn a commission from the retailers you visit.

Before there was Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie . . .

Here begins the moving true story of a real bear adopted by soldiers during World War One. The inspiration behind the nation’s best-loved bear, Winnie-the-Pooh.

In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a vet on his way to tend horses in World War One, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie and he took her to war. In this very special book, Harry Colebourn’s great-granddaughter tells the true story of this remarkable friendship, and an even more remarkable journey. From the fields of Canada to an army base in England, and finally to London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend. A boy called Christopher Robin . . .

Finding Winnie was the winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal

What's Inside

Read More Read Less


How deftly and magically the author weaves this historical story: it's one that includes not only history but geography too. Equally magical are Sophie Blackall's watercolour illustrations...A winning combination through and through
Red Reading Hub
Winnie's incredible tale is brought to life by the great-grandaughter of Winnie's rescuer in this fascinating picture book.
The School Run
The gorgeous story of the friendship between a soldier ... and the real bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh.
The Guardian
The true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey
Good Reads
This fascinating true story is brought delightfully to life in Finding Winnie. Mattick's lilting narrative is complemented by Sophie Blackall's dreamily soft ink-and-watercolour drawings.
Gorgeously illustrated ... delightful
The New York Times
This is one of the sweetest tales I've read in a long time -- and it's based on a true story, which makes it all the more poignant ... The story is utterly enchanting from start to finish and beautifully illustrated too
Manchester Evening News
This is a beautifully inspired story for children
Western Morning News
Utterly captivating ... A perfect introduction to the Pooh Corner adventures for generations to come
Daily Mail
Beautifully illustrated, in effective muted tones
Parents in Touch