A Bear Called Paddington – Michael Bond (1958)
Updated: Jan 12, 2018
What is more endearing than an adorably scruffy bear covered in jam, custard cream, and marmalade, wearing a blue wool toggle-button coat?
Sitting in a dark and forgotten section of Paddington Train Station, this small and slightly sticky bear was found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown was promptly given the name “Paddington” (due to his being found in Paddington Station) to this stowaway sent from Darkest Peru by his aunt Lucy.
Paddington is the type of bear to whom things happen, and the stories included in A Bear Called Paddington illustrates this completely.
When Paddington isn’t sticky, he is having his disastrous first bath, getting stuck on the London Underground, getting stuck in a shop window, making himself indispensable during a theatre performance, and getting lost while building a sandcastle by the seaside.
If there is trouble to get into Paddington will find it, though miraculously he will come out the other side with a smile and a new friend.
I love Paddington, I always have, but more than that, I love sharing Paddington with people who are not familiar with his oh so endearing ways.
Not only does this make a great read alone book for those who can, it is also a fantastic bedtime story book.
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 1998) 144 pages ISBN: 9780395929513
Bond, M. (1958). A Bear Called Paddington. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
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