There was a real "Winnie" and a war and a soldier named Harry Colebourn. There was a zoo--the London zoo--where Winnie met Christopher Robin Milne, the boy who was the real Christopher Robin. Last but not least, there was A. A. Milne who observed and recorded the playful relationship his son had with a very tame and affectionate bear and who continues to challenge us to believe in sweetness and light in a world of loss and sorrow. This is an exciting combination of fact and fiction for older readers.
Winnie's Great War by Lindsay Mattick, Josh Greenhut, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) ($16.99*, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), recommended by Square Books, Oxford, MS.