I’m sorry. I usually tell you about books for adults, but enough of us have children or grandchildren – or remember Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh from our own childhoods – to appreciate this recent release. It’s written by the real great-granddaughter of the man who owned the bear on which A.A. Milne based his books.
Finding Winnie tells the story of how a real little bear cub came to be owned and loved by the author’s great-grandfather, how a real little boy named Christopher Robin fell in love with this same bear at the London Zoo, and how boy and bear became the inspiration for the boy’s father, A.A. Milne.
Finding Winnie is absolutely, no-holds-barred delightful. The prose is charming, the storytelling technique spot-on perfect, and the illustrations exquisite. It was awarded the 2016 Caldecott Medal and rightfully so. I highly recommend it.