Lindsay Mattick

Lindsay Mattick

Lindsay Mattick, Harry Colebourn’s great-granddaughter and the author of the bestselling picture book Finding Winnie, is the vice-president of an award-winning public relations firm. Passionate about making a difference in her own backyard, Mattick is a board member for several non-profit organizations including Timeraiser, Artbound, and Help Tank. Based in Toronto, she has shared Harry and Winnie’s story around the world as a radio documentary and original exhibition. She has also participated in Canada’s National Arts Council UK tour to commemorate WWI. Website: Twitter: @lindsaymattick

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Reviews of Winnie’s Great War:

  • “Expanding upon their Caldecott-winning picture book, 2015’s Finding Winnie, Blackall and Mattick add Greenhut (the Flat Stanley series) to their team for this amplified tale of the bear who traveled from the Canadian woods across the Atlantic during World War I to the London Zoo, where she became the inspiration for Milne’s Winnie the Pooh” – In Publishers Weekly
  • “A charming addition to Pooh lore that will send readers happily back to the Hundred-Acre Wood” – In Kirkus Reviews


  • “This story has inspired me ever since I was a kid. The idea that a small gesture on the part of my great-grandfather would go on to have such a huge ripple effect is powerful” – At Fairytale Town
  • “As he shipped off to the First World War in 1914, Colebourn purchased a female black bear cub from a hunter in White River, Ontario. He named her Winnie for his hometown (Winnipeg)” – In the Canadian Encyclopedia

Winnie’s Great War

<p class="Bodydin79"><span lang="EN-US">From the creative team behind the bestselling picture book <i>Finding Winnie</i> comes a triumphant blend of deeply researched history and magnificent imagination. Follow the real bear that inspired <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> on her journey – from her infancy in the woods of Ontario, to her unlikely friendship with Captain Harry Colebourn, and her time as the mascot of the Second Canadian Infantry Brigade, to her experiences in wartime London before she met Christopher Robin Milne. Infused with Sophie Blackall’s irresistible renderings of an endearing bear, the book is also woven with actual entries from Captain Harry Colebourn’s wartime diaries.</span></p>

All events with Lindsay Mattick

11:30 AM
Tea and Sustenance: Story Time with Lindsay Mattick
Oct 13 @ 11:30 AM - 12 PM

Memorial Park Library, Alexander Calhoun Salon

1221 2 St SW