Friday, December 2, 2016

Inquiry with Finding Winnie

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Check out these websites to learn more about Winnie:

Ryerson University Library and Archive has an interactive online exhibit:

White River Heritage Museum: The History of Winnie the Pooh 

The Fort Garry Horse Museum and Archives: Lt. Harry Colebourn and Winnie-the-Bear

The London Zoo: The Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

The New York Public Library - the home of the real Winnie-the-Pooh

Enter an HDSB Reads 2016 Contest:

Book Trailer Contest

Creative Response Contest - here are some ideas: Winn-tivities

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall is the HDSB Reads selection for 2016.  This week our Grade 1 to 8 students had the chance to hear this touching story.  Finding Winnie is essentially two stories in one. The first is the story of Captain Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Harry enlists in the army to look after horses that are fighting in World War One.  On his was to the front, Harry’s train stops in White River, Ontario where he meets and purchases an adorable bear cub whom he subsequently names Winnie.  Winnie becomes the mascot for the Second Canadian Infantry Brigade. Eventually Harry realizes that the trenches are no place for Winnie and the London Zoo becomes Winnie’s adoptive home. The second story is the story of Christopher Robin Milne.  He meets Winnie for the first time at the London Zoo.  Christopher and Winnie develop a special relationship and it’s this relationship that inspired Christopher's father (A. A. Milne) to write the Winnie the Pooh books.

One of the most amazing parts of Finding Winnie is the photo album at the end of the story.  Pictures include Captain Harry Colebourn and his fellow soldiers, the Winnipeg statue of Harry and Winnie and even Christopher Robin in Winnie’s enclosure at the London Zoo feeding and playing with Winnie.

The author of Finding Winnie, Lindsay Mattick, is Captain Harry Colebourn's great-granddaugter. She wrote Finding Winnie to explain the story of Winnie the bear to her son, Cole, who was named after Captain Harry Colebourn.

This week the Winnie mascot is visiting the students of Pilgrim Wood. Stop by the Library if you would like to see the mascot or take a picture of her before she leaves.

Special thanks to Library Services for the HDSB Reads program and the Winnie mascot!

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Click on the image to go to the HDSB Library Services website.

The Scholastic Book Fair Was A Huge Success!!!

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Thank you for your support of our Scholastic Book Fair this year.  Due to the large number of items sold, approximately $6000 in books will be added to the Pilgrim Wood Library! We appreciate the many parents, teachers and students who volunteered at the Book Fair and helped make the Book Fair a huge success! 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Scholastic Book Fair is Coming to Pilgrim Wood!!!

Image result for scholastic book fairWe are excited for this year's Scholastic Book Fair!  Students in grades 1 to 8 will preview the Book Fair on Oct. 11th, 12th, and 13th.  Students in grades 1 and 5-8 can purchase their items on Friday, Oct. 14th and students in grades 2-4 will purchase their items on Monday, Oct. 17th. The Book Fair will be open for sales the evening of Thursday, Oct. 13th in conjunction with our PW Open House/BBQ. Parents may visit the Book Fair at any time that it is open.

The Book Fair will be open the following hours:

Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 8:50 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13th, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 8:50 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14th, 8:50 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13th, 8:50 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17th, 8:50 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Welcome to the 2016/7 school year!  My name is Mrs. Cann and I am excited to be the Teacher Librarian at Pilgrim Wood.  I have made a few changes to the Library and we have some fabulous new tables and chairs.  Come by the Library to have a look and introduce yourself to me.