“Far off places. Daring Sword fights. Magic Spells. A Prince in disguise.” – Disney’s Belle
Books are a medium to transport us to another world. To some it may look like homework, a chore, something you are forced to do, but to me it is an adventure. It is an opportunity to put my mind on hold, step away from the stress and responsibilities pressing in my life and step into a world of magic, mystery, wild imagination, heroes and romance. Whether is a daunting cliffhanger that makes you second guess yourself with each page you turn or an emotional, romantic journey, half way around the world, a book the door to another world.
When my children make lists of the presents they want for Christmas, I always chuckle when I see video games, electronics and electronic accessories listed on almost every line. We live in a technological world, where we use electronics for everything, so it’s not much of a surprise. Despite that books are lacking on their list, I know that they cherish receiving a books as much as I do.
This year, I have found the perfect book to add to any Canadian home library. It especially touched me because it was the theme of my first baby nursery.
FINDING WINNIE by Lindsay Mattick
Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie.
In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war.
Harry Colebourn’s real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey–from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England…
And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin.
Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
This is an amazing book. I think what I love most about it is it is a true . It takes a beloved childhood character that we all know and love and turns it into a part of our nations history. I love the way it contains a story within a story. A mother is telling her son (not unlike the scenario when we are reading the book) of a great great grandparent and their adventure. Through beautiful drawings and a captivating story, lesson such as it’s OK to let go, and putting others before yourself make this a must add to any home library.
If you are Canadian, love books or love Winnie the Pooh, I highly recommend you give this book this holiday season!
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