Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker


When the book Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear was recommended to me, I looked it up in the library, only to find that there were TWO non-fiction children's picture books published in 2015 about the real bear who inspired the name of Winnie-the-Pooh!? I don't know how the publishing world works, but I certainly found this discovery surprising.

Anyway, I'm no librarian, but this book strikes me as more versatile. While both books can serve as an entertaining read-aloud to young children, the storytelling in this book is more straightforward, which seems to makes it more suitable to be read to an even younger audience. At the same time, I think the simplicity of the writing in this book also makes it more likely to be read by an older emerging reader.

Again, comparing this book with the other, the writing in this book is more upbeat, the illustrations more bold and amusing. Both books contain a collection of many of the same black-and-white photos, but as an added bonus, this book includes a lovely picture of A. A. Milne, Christopher Robin, and Christopher Robin's stuffed bear. (Finding Winnie also includes a few photos not included in this book.) This book also has an Author's Note with additional facts about Harry, Winnie, and the Winnie-the-Pooh books.

Each book offers something a little different to the story, so the way I see it, if you're interested in picking up a children's picture book to share the story behind Winnie-the-Pooh with your child, you might as well just get both books from the library!

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