Friday, January 8, 2016

Finding a Wonderful Picture Book

I had the chance to review a wonderful picture book over the break.  It was one I wanted to get my hands on sooner, but so many other books were in the way.  Thankfully it rose to the top, but I do wish it had gotten there a lot sooner because it is absolutely charming.  I hope it charms its way into your family.

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Title: Finding Winnie

Author: Lindsay Mattick

Target: Preschool - Grade 2

What this book is about: 
If you ever wondered about the inspiration behind Winnie the Pooh, wonder no longer.  This book shares how the real life Winnie came to live at the London Zoo and how he inspired the beloved children’s classic.

Why I love this book:
  • Winnie has an extraordinary journey from lost bear cub in Canada who is purchased at a train station by an army veterinarian. He sails to England during WW I as his infantry’s mascot and then Winnie becomes the treasured bear at the London Zoo.  This is quite an exceptional trek that kids will be amazed is real.
  • It is delightful that the story is told by the original veterinarian’s great-granddaughter!  Actual memorabilia are on the last few pages of the book to make the story feel real for kids.
  • The illustrations by Sophie Blackall are exceptional and bring this story to life. 
Who this book is for: 
Great for all kids.

Final thoughts: 
I love the family tree at the end that shows the author’s connection to the story.  Kids love these graphics and it ties the book together nicely.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear   A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.


  1. Oh, I so agree with you! I was very disappointed when El Deafo won an Honor last year because, like you said, I graphic novel relies on a completely different medium to tell its story. That book was meant to be told through pictures, and so to say that the text was one of the best contributions to American literature? No way.

    1. Thanks so much for your thoughts, and I really have enjoyed your insightful Cybils comments!