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Winnie's Great War

by Lindsay Mattick & Josh Greenhut, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

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Description

From the creative team behind the bestselling Finding Winnie, winner of the Caldecott Medal, comes an extraordinary wartime adventure seen through the eyes of the world’s most beloved bear

Here is a heartwarming reimagining of the real journey undertaken by the extraordinary bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. Follow Winnie’s war adventure—from her early days with her mother in the Canadian forest, to her remarkable travels with the Veterinary Corps across the country and overseas, and all the way to the London Zoo, where she met Christopher Robin Milne and inspired the creation of the world’s most famous bear.

This beautifully told story is a triumphant blending of deep research and magnificent imagination. Infused with Sophie Blackall’s irresistible renderings of an endearing bear, the book is also woven through with entries from Captain Harry Colebourn’s real wartime diaries and contains a selection of artifacts from the Colebourn family archives. The result is a one-of-a-kind exploration into the realities of war, the meaning of courage and the indelible power of friendship, all told through the historic adventures of one extraordinary bear.

 

About the Authors

Lindsay Mattick

LINDSAY MATTICK is the great-granddaughter of Captain Harry Colebourn. She has been sharing Winnie’s story through radio, film, book and museum exhibitions. She lives with her family in Toronto.

JOSH GREENHUT is a writer and researcher. He is the author of more than fifteen children’s books, including some in the Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures series. He lives with his family in Toronto.

SOPHIE BLACKALL is a bestselling, Caldecott Medal–winning artist whose books include Finding Winnie and Hello, Lighthouse. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.

 

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Sophie Blackall is the illustrator of many acclaimed picture books, including Finding Winnie, for which she received the Caldecott Medal, one of the most prestigious children’s book awards in the world. Her artwork has also appeared in murals as part of the New York City MTA’s “Arts for Transit” program. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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JOSH GREENHUT is the author of more than fifteen books for children, including a number of Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures. He lives in Toronto with his family and their dog, Millie.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 7
Awards
  • , Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People's Literature – Text
  • , Silver Birch Award Finalist
Editorial Reviews

“Oh my, how I love Winnie’s Great War. An incandescent celebration of friendship and courage, this perfect little book is one to cherish. A triumph.”

— Katherine Applegate, author of the Endling series and <em>The One and Only Ivan</em>

“A buoyant, thoughtful narrative with strong themes of friendship, courage, loyalty and kindness. . . . This engaging little novel would make a wonderful read-aloud in the classroom or at bedtime.”

— Canadian Children’s Book News

“Moving and imaginative, this extraordinary story of the most beloved of bears is beautifully conceived. The blend of truth, history and story is whimsical, winning and wonderful. I loved reading Winnie’s Great War: it made me laugh and it made me cry.”

— Alice Kuipers, author of <em>Me and Me</em> and the Violet and Victor Series

“The spirit of Winnie-the-Pooh is captured beautifully in this retelling of the real bear’s adventures.”

— Kallie George, author of the Heartwood Hotel series

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