Finding Winnie

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Author: Lindsay Mattick

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Synopsis: In 1914, during World War I, Captain Harry Colebourn, a Canadian veterinarian on his way to serve with cavalry units in Europe, rescued a bear cub in White River, Ontario. He named the bear Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. Harry Colebourn’s real-life great-granddaughter Lindsay Mattick recounts their incredible journey, from a northern Canadian town to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England . . . and finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made a new friend: a boy named Christopher Robin.

Debrief Questions:

  • Why did Captain Harry save the baby bear?
  • Did Captain Harry make a difference? How so?
  • Why is it important to help others? Can your actions have a long-lasting impact?