Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall

“In 1914, while on his way to tend horses in World War I, veterinarian Harry Colebourn followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named the bear Winnie after his hometown of Winnipeg and took it to war with him.

The true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey—from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England—is told by Harry Colebourn’s real-life great-granddaughter…

Finally, Winnie went to the London Zoo, where she met another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin.

There was a real bear named Winnie before Winnie-the-Pooh. And she was a lady!”