Do you remember reading or having the story read to you of Winnie the Pooh? Did you know he actually was a real bear? Here is the true story of Winnie: The True Story of the
Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. Written by Sally M. Walker.
When Harry Colebourn looked out of the train window, at the White River station in Ontario, Canada August 24th 1914, he had no idea he would meet a bear. He couldn’t believe what he saw: a bear at the station! The train’s stop would be short, but Harry had to get off and see the bear for himself.
Harry hurried onto the platform and sat nearby. "What are you doing here little bear?" The cub climbed into Harry's lap and licked his chin. "She's for sale," said the man holding her leash. "I didn't see her until after I shot her mother. I don't want her, I can't care for a bear."
Harry could care for a bear; he was a veterinarian! "How much?" Harry asked. "Twenty Dollars." The train whistle blew, and Harry decided. He paid the man, picked up the cub, and carried her onto the train.
Harry's friends asked a million questions. But the captain asked the loudest."Harry what in the world were you thinking?"
"That I had to save her." The cub rubbed her back against the captain's legs. The captain patted her head.
Sadly, Winnie died on May 12, 1934 at the age of 20. According to Milne, Christopher Robin gave the name "Pooh" to a swan he once knew. When the swan flew off and made its home elsewhere, the name remained behind, unused. Therefore it was available to combine with "Winnie" when Christopher Robin needed it.Christopher renamed his teddy bear, Winnie the Pooh.
There is a statue of Harry and Winnie in the London zoo.
To read the rest of the story, you will have to win or buy the book.I remember this book from when I was small. Its nice to hear the true story though.
List of bookstore links:
http://www.mabelsfables.com/ Mable's Fables (Toronto)
One lucky person will win a copy of this book by entering this giveaway. Sorry everyone, Canada only for this one. Good luck everyone