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Joan Reviews…Finding Winnie

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Written by Lindsay Mattick, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Published: 2015

Age Range: 2-7

Genre: Fact based picture book

Awards: Caldecott Award, Charlotte Zolotow Award

Joan read Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick and this is what she thought…

This book tells the story of the life of the bear who inspired the Winnie-the-Pooh stories! It was great to learn the story behind those classic books. I also loved the interactions between Harry and Winnie. This story is very heartwarming, with a historical aspect to it. The artwork is done in a fairly simple and realistic style – colorful, but not too sharp or bright. It perfectly complements the story. It would be interesting to see if the tone of the book changed if it was done with a different type of illustration – if the pictures were bright and graphic, would the story seem less sentimental?

The main theme of Finding Winnie is about friendship enduring over time. This story follows Harry and Winnie through many situations, and always explains what Harry is feeling as they interact. This lets the reader really understand their friendship.

Who would you recommend this book to?

Any young child would probably enjoy this book, but it would be especially relevant if a child had already heard some of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. This would be a great book to read with a child. It would also be good as a read-aloud, but it might be a bit long for young (wiggly) listeners. Great story with a surprise tie-in to the author at the end! I definitely recommend it!

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Winnie the Pooh                                                      Winnie: The True Story of the Bear                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

by A.A. Milne                                                           by Sally Walker

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