A Bear Called Paddington

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Fontana Young Lions, 1971 - Bears - 125 pages
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Paddington Bear had traveled all the way from Peru when the Browns first met him in Paddington Station. Since then, their lives have never been quite the same . . . for ordinary things become extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.

First published in 1958, A Bear Called Paddington is the first novel by Michael Bond, chronicling the adventures of this lovable bear. Paddington has charmed readers for generations with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. This brand-new paper-over-board edition of the classic novel contains the original text by Michael Bond and illustrations by Peggy Fortnum.

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User Review  - neverstopreading - LibraryThing

I don't know how I haven't read Paddington Bear before. The stories of this good-natured, polite but accident-prone bear from Darkest Peru are a delightful escape for anyone. Read full review

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User Review  - Sean191 - LibraryThing

The writing is a little dated in this classic, but in a pleasant way. It's humorous throughout, but not laugh-out-loud funny. All the characters are great, the exciting scenes aren't too much for ... Read full review


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Michael Bond is a writer of children's books. He was born in Newbury, Berkshire, England in 1926. During World War II, Bond served in the Royal Air Force and the Middlesex Regiment of the British army during World War II. After the war, he joined the BBC Radio and later worked for BBC-TV as a cameraman from 1947 to 1966. At Christmas 1956, Bond gave his wife a teddy bear that she named Paddington after the London train station near their home. In 1958, A Bear Called Paddington was published. It featured the illustrations of Peggy Fortnum. By 1981, there were 26 Paddington books. Bond also wrote television and film scripts, including a TV series on BBC 1 that first aired in 1976. In the 1990s, the animation company Hanna/Barbera made an American TV series about the bear. Bond set up a company to merchandise his creation that produced figurines, stationary, banks, and stuffed animals. Paddington also recorded a song titled Cross My Paws and Hope to Die in 1983. Bond chronicled his life with Paddington in his autobiography, Bear and Forebears. Some of Michael Bond's other works include A Day by the Sea, Something Nasty in the Kitchen, Bears and Forebears: A Life So Far and Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint.

Peggy Fortnum was born Margaret Emily Noel Fortnum on December 23, 1919 in London, England. She briefly attended Tunbridge Wells School of Art before joining the ATS during World War II. She was badly injured in a transport accident. After a long convalescence she attended the Central School of Art. The first book she illustrated was Mary F. Moore's Dorcas the Wooden Doll, which was published in 1944. She is best known for illustrating Paddington Bear for Michael Bond's children's books. The other books she illustrated include Leila Berg's Little Pete Stories, Noel Streatfeild's Thursday's Child, and Kenneth Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon. She died on March 28, 2016 at the age of 96.

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