sally m. walker‘s (2015) winnie: the true story of the bear who inspired winnie-the-pooh (henry holt), which is illustrated by jonathan d. voss, is definitely going to make my next what should i read next? list! in this text, readers are introduced to winnie, the bear rescued by a soldier-veterinarian before world war 1 only to be visited later by christopher robin at the london zoo. an absolutely beautiful informational text, this book should be on the top of your to-read list!
walker’s writing strength is her voice. her amazing storytelling ability pulls readers into a beautiful, heartwarming story of companionship, war, loss, and imagination. not familiar with winnie-the-pooh’s origins before reading this book, i found myself flipping the pages quickly, utterly engaged in the way the story read as though someone was reading the story to me.
though some of the pages have a lot of text, walker’s text flows well. the pace of the book is perfect, and walker thoughtfully ends each page with a comment or message that moves readers forward.
an absolute exemplar of good writing, walker’s winnie: the true story of the bear who inspired winnie-the-pooh proves that the truth can make a good story, too!