The little cub, whose mother had been inadvertently shot, is named after the regiment's hometown of Winnipeg, but immediately shortened to Winnie. Winnie quickly becomes Harry's constant companion and his company's mascot. Walker depicts Harry and Winnie playing their own version of hide and seek, Winnie sleeping directly under Harry's cot, and exchanging big bear hugs.
Even when the war worsens and Harry's regiment is sent overseas, Winnie goes, too. And proves to be a good sailor all the way across the ocean, while Harry lies in bed seasick. But when it is time to go to the battle front in France, Harry realizes he can't bring Winnie along, after all, she could get seriously hurt on the battlefield. So Harry makes a tough decision - to place Winnie in the London Zoo for safekeeping.
|Winnie and Harry playing|
The real events surrounding the relationship of Harry and Winnie are remarkable enough, but Sally Walker has told it in language the is simply and straightforward for even the youngest of readers to understand. Jonathan Voss's soft watercolor and pen and ink illustrations done in a palette of browns and greens reminiscent of nature and the military compliment and provide a visual extension of the story.
Walker includes an Author's Note about Harry and Winnie, as well are sources and websites for further exploration. Be sure to look at the photo's of the real Harry and Winnie on the endpapers.
This is a story the will delight young readers some of whom are already fans of the Winnie-the-Pooh books and perhaps make a few new ones.
This book is recommended for readers age 5+
This book was borrowed from the NYPL
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