Sally M. Walker on Winnie

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In our March/April 2015 issue, Shoshana Flax chatted to author Sally M. Walker about the spark behind her new nonfiction book, Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh. Read the review of Winnie here.

Shoshana Flax: What inspired your Winnie-the-Pooh research?

Sally M. Walker: I enjoyed reading Winnie-the-Pooh as a child. As an adult, I was inspired by the prospect of a research adventure that promised a great story. Researching Harry and Winnie’s story combined three of my “loves”: history, animals, and nonfiction. Reading Harry’s wartime diary and visiting Winnie’s home at the London Zoo were two very different, yet equally awesome, journeys.

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Shoshana Flax
Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax, associate editor of The Horn Book Magazine, is a former bookseller and holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons University. She has served on the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and Sydney Taylor Book Award committees.

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