My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This true story of Winnie-the-Pooh is narrated by Harry Coleburn’s great-granddaughter, Lindsay Mattick, who is also the author. Lindsay and Cole have a dialogue while Lindsay is doing her narration. 🙂
Harry was a veterinarian, one of those people who was in the perfect profession for himself, kind of an animal whisperer. While on his way to join the fight during WWI, he found a bear cub on a train with a supposed trapper. Harry bought the bear from the trapper for an outrageous sum of money in 1914 and Winnie instantly charmed the men in Harry’s division who were heading to Europe. While Harry and the soldiers were fighting in Europe, Winnie stayed at the London Zoo.
Winnie loved his life at the zoo. This is where Christopher Robin Milne met the beloved bear and gave Winnie his extended name -the-Pooh. Christopher Robin actually played with Winnie in his pen at the zoo. Christopher Robin made up stories about his stuffed animals and his father wrote books about them. These became the Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh.
Meanwhile, Harry returned to Winnipeg and his life as an animal doctor, after discovering that Winnie was happy at the London Zoo.
A photo album is included at back with pages from Harry’s diary – priceless!