Happy Birthday, A. A. Milne!
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Winnie was actually a female bear that lived at the London Zoo. Winnie had an interesting life before she made the London Zoo her home. Two books have been recently written about Winnie. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by the great-granddaughter of Captain Harry Colebourn (who owned and cared for Winnie) won the 2016 Caudecott Medal. Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker is a 2017 Monarch Nominee. Both tell a similar tale of how Winnie was saved by Captain Colebourn and became a "member" of his section of the Canadian veterinary corps until he made the difficult decision to take Winnie to the London Zoo in order to keep her safe during World War 1. It is there that Christopher Robin met Winnie and named his teddy bear after her. This led to his father, A. A. Milne writing adventures of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends.
The stories of Winnie-the-Pooh have been favorite read-alouds with each new generation. The early illustrations of Pooh Bear and friends are very different from the Disney versions we have now become accustomed too.
A.A. Milne biography