Harry & Winnie: Friends Forever and Even Longer

h1 January 27th, 2015 by jules


“In 1919, just before Harry returned to Winniepeg, he made another hard decision.
He decided that Winnie would stay at the London Zoo permanently.
Harry was sad, but he knew Winnie would be happiest in the home she knew best.”

This week over at BookPage, I’ve got an interview with author Sally M. Walker. Her newest picture book is Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh (Henry Holt, January 2015), illustrated by newcomer Jonathan D. Voss. It’s a fascinating story and one I didn’t know.

Our Q&A is over here at BookPage, and below I have some art (and backmatter images) from the book.


“When Harry Colebourn looked out of the train window,
he couldn’t believe what he saw ….”


“… The cub climbed into Harry’s lap and licked his chin.
‘She’s for sale,’ said the man holding her leash. …”


“Harry could care for a bear; he was a veterinarian.
‘How much?’ Harry asked. …”



“Sometimes Harry went places where Winnie couldn’t. The other soldiers cub-sat.
They photographed Winnie. They took her for walks.”


“But no matter where Winnie went during the day,
she slept under Harry’s cot every night.”


“… For seven weeks, Winnie watched soldiers practice marching. …”


“Harry visited Winnie whenever he could, but the war lasted four years.
During that time, the zookeepers took good care of his bear. …”


“One day, when Winnie was nearly eleven years old, a little boy visited her.
‘Oh, Bear!’ cried the boy, whose name was Christopher Robin.
He hugged Winnie and fed her milk.”


“… The zookeepers treated her kindly, friendly visitors scratched her back,
and gentle children spoon-fed her milk. …”



Front and back endpapers
(Click each to enlarge)

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WINNIE. Copyright © 2015 by Sally M. Walker. Illustrations © 2015 by Jonathan D. Voss. Published by Henry Holt and Company, New York. All images here are reproduced by permission of the publisher.

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2 comments to “Harry & Winnie: Friends Forever and Even Longer”

  1. Sometimes, watercolors are just THE BEST at conveying emotion. These are ADORABLE.


  2. Thanks for supporting WINNIE and for the great post! And thanks, Tanita for the kind words 🙂


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