Veterinarian Harry Coleman was on his way to tend horses in World War 1 when he rescued a bear cub, who had lost its mother somewhere in the fields of Canada. He named her Winnie and decided to take her along with him. They developed a remarkable friendship. Harry taught her to stand up straight, to hold her head high and there was no better navigator in the entire army. But when time came to fight, Harry knew he couldn’t take Winnie into the heart of the war. Instead, he took her to London Zoo and there, this extraordinary bear met a young boy named Christopher Robin….
Written by Harry Coleman’s great-granddaughter, this is the story of the real bear that inspired A.A. Milnes’ classic book, Winnie-the-Pooh. Eloquently presented as a story told to her own son, Mattick’s tale is a magical, yet historical one that could never happen today… but actually did. With wondrous, flowing storytelling and charming watercolour illustrations, this book covers not only history, but geography, as we are taken from the Canadian wilderness to the war-torn fields of Europe and then to London. All along we are given a beautiful story of a most unique bond and inspiration. Parents and grandparents will enjoy the story as much as children. Included in the back of the book are old photographs of those involved in this amazing true story. A wonderful gift for young and old alike.