The heart of this story, to me, has always been that you never know the impact one small, loving gesture can have. It is the dedication to my son Cole and it is the one piece I hope all readers will take away from Finding Winnie. ~Lindsay Mattick
Finding Winnie is the true story of a baby bear rescued by a veterinarian in White River, Canada just as World War I was beginning in 1914.
Harry Colebourn was living in Winnipeg when he had to say good-bye to his family and friends before traveling across Canada to reach an oceanliner that would take him to Europe where he would serve as a veterinarian for the Canadian army’s horses. When the train stopped in White River, Canada, Colebourn noticed a man sitting on bench holding on to a rope tied to a baby bear. He offered the man $20 for the baby bear and the rest is history.
Lindsay Mattick, the great-granddaughter of Harry Colebourn wrote Finding Winnie – The True Story of the Worlds’ Most Famous Bear. And, who might that bear be? Well, Winnie, the bear who would inspire the story of Winnie the Pooh, of course.
Winnie spent four months with Harry Colebourn before being given to the London Zoo where he lived for nearly 20 years before his death in 1934. It was during these years that the writer, A.A. Milne would bring his son, Christopher Robin Milne to the zoo which inspired Milne to write books about both Winnie and Christopher Robin.
After the war, Harry Colebourn returned to Winnipeg and continued his veterinary practice. He married and had a son named Fred. Fred had a daughter named Laureen and Laureen had a daughter named Lindsay (the author). Lindsay grew up, became a writer and had a son named Cole in 2013.
Told by Lindsay to her son Cole, Finding Winnie is the heartwarming story about how the kind gesture of a stranger led to the creation one of the most beloved children’s tales of all time. Awarded the Caldecott Medal, Finding Winnie was illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Available at retail and on-line retailers nationwide. Buy this book and keep it. The story transcends time and crosses generations.
Sometimes you have to let one story end so the next one can begin.