This year the Caldecott medal was awarded to the illustrator of Finding Winnie: the true story of the world’s most famous bear. Sophie Blackall did the illustrations for Lindsay Mattick’s story.
Once upon a time, there was a veterinarian in Winnipeg, Canada who joined the army in World War I to take care of the horses. This is the amazing story of how Harry Colebourn found a bear cub, took it to England with the army and ultimately found a home for the bear at the London Zoo. He named the bear Winnie after his hometown.
A little boy named Christopher Robin Milne visited the London Zoo often, became friends with Winnie and decided to name his stuffed bear Winnie-the-Pooh. A. A. Milne then wrote many stories about his son Christopher Robin’s adventures with Pooh.
The author of Finding Winnie is the great-granddaughter of Harry Colebourn. She tells the story in this book the way she would tell a bedtime story to her son Cole. She and her son become characters in the book, asking and answering many questions.
There is a terrific description of the beauty of this book in a blog written by Lolly Robinson. The details she discusses could easily be overlooked, but now you’ll now how to look more carefully at the choices artists make when illustrating a story. You can also get a pretty good idea of the behind-the-scenes workings of the committees that choose the winning books.
The following books were given Caldecott honor awards: