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A Bear Called Paddington

A Bear Called Paddington

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by Michael Bond
     
 

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Paddington first charmed American audiences forty years ago. Now a new generation will surely be won over by Paddington's particular brand of preposterous humor and gentle satire. The Browns first meet Paddington on a railway platform in London. He is sitting on a battered suitcase, wearing an odd-looking hat and a sign around his neck that reads, "Please look after

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Paddington first charmed American audiences forty years ago. Now a new generation will surely be won over by Paddington's particular brand of preposterous humor and gentle satire. The Browns first meet Paddington on a railway platform in London. He is sitting on a battered suitcase, wearing an odd-looking hat and a sign around his neck that reads, "Please look after this bear. Thank you." And that is just what they do, unaware that home will never be the same once Paddington becomes a member of the family.

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June 11, 2008 The Washington Post
School Library Journal
01/01/2015
Gr 2–5—The story featuring the marmalade-loving bear was first published in 1958 by William Collins & Son (now known as HarperCollins). The classic tale begins when a bear from Peru winds up in London's Paddington Station and is subsequently adopted by the Brown family (humans from the Notting Hill area). Unfailingly polite and affecting a rather shabby charm—accomplished in no small part by Peggy Fortnum's delightful line drawings—Paddington went on to have dozens of adventures over the years, spawning more than 50 titles translated into over 30 languages. A Bear Called Paddington covers the initial discovery of the bear at the train station and his first few days acclimating to life with the Browns as well as numerous episodic chapters filled with humorous mishaps. More About Paddington continues on a similar theme and includes episodes of the bubbling bear attempting to help with interior decorating, assisting at a bonfire party, and celebrating his first Christmas. With a major motion picture coming out in January 2015, a whole new generation of young readers will be introduced to the well-meaning, but ever accident-prone, bear.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007174164
Publisher:
HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Series:
Paddington Bear Series
Sales rank:
174,779
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Bond began chronicling Paddington’s adventures in his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, published in 1958. Fortunately, bears don’t need much encouragement, and Paddington has since filled the pages of twelve further novels, a variety of picture books, and many other projects written for the young at heart. Paddington’s creator is still writing and lives in London, England, not far from Paddington Station, where it all began.

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A Bear Called Paddington 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Through the years when our boys were younger, we checked out various single-story Paddington Bear books from the library to read to them. I thought that I had done a review of one of these previously, but apparently not. Several years ago, while looking for some books to give as a present to our younger son Jeremy for his eighth birthday, I saw this original Paddington Bear book, in which Paddington Bear arrives from darkest Peru, where his Aunt Lucy had to move into a home for retired bears, and is found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington Station, and a sequel, Paddington at Large (1962) in a book store and purchased them. At first, I thought that perhaps some of the single stories had been collected together. However, I have since found out that Bond originally wrote these collections, along with some ten or eleven others (More About Paddington, which we found and read later, Paddington Helps Out, Paddington Abroad, Paddington Marches On, Paddington at Work, Paddington Goes to Town, Paddington Takes to TV, Paddington Takes the Test, Paddington on Stage, and Paddington's Storybook), and the single story books were adapted from them. I do not know how available the books are. I knew I had seen one in a bookstore somewhere. When I went to Borders, they did not have any, could not find them in any other of their area stores, and said they normally did not carry them in stock. I did find single copies of the two books under review at Barnes and Noble. They are delightful stories, obviously written to appeal to young children but enjoyable for anyone. Jeremy said that they were great.
Prince_Cor More than 1 year ago
This book is simply wonderful. It is the first book in a series about a most remarkable bear. In this book we are introduced to the Browns. Mr. and Mrs. Brown are at a railway station -- Paddington Station -- in order to pick up their daughter Judy, who is arriving from her boarding school. It is in this station where they spy a small bear, who has emigrated from Darkest Peru. The Browns, while recognizing the situation is highly irregular, nevertheless decide to take Paddington home with them. And so begins a very funny series of adventures involving the Browns (a caring, polite, and reserved family) and Paddington. This edition of the book is beautiful. The paper is cream color, of fine quality and texture. The illustrations are beautiful. The layout welcoming. If you have met Paddington before, or are new to Paddington, I believe you will find spending time with him and the Browns most rewarding. Just a refreshing, entertaining, and ever-so-proper book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When a young bear wearing an old coat and hat, named Paddington is left to fend for himself after his aunt is put into a home for old bears, the Brown family decides to take him in. We follow the adventures of Paddington as he adapts to life with the Browns in England. Paddington is taken by the Browns to get clothing and ends up making a mess in the display window. Paddington learns how to eat like a human and walk like a human. Paddington gets in trouble one day in a train station and is band from the station. Paddington starts to learn how to live in a world full of humans. Finally Paddington starts to fit in! This book is so exciting because Paddington is such a cute loveable little bear, which just can¿t help but get into trouble! Every chapter is a different adventure for Paddington, such as him becoming a celebrity on the beach or him learning how to draw and making a big mess! Paddington is a lovely little bear that looks like any ordinary little stuffed animal, but he can come alive. Paddington never takes off his coat or hat, even when the hat fell over his eyes and he thought the power went out. Paddington always tries to do the right thing, but something always seems to go wrong. Paddington is a funny little bear. This book will never make you stop laughing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paddington is an adorable character, who is more multi-dimensional than I expected him to be. Through his mishaps he puts a smile on the reader's face. He's absolutely adorable. This would be a great first chapter book for any child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My six year old girls truly enjoyed listening to this in the car. I loved the book as a child, and now they can enjoy it as well. Stephen Fry does an excellent job of bringing all the characters to life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Padington Bear is my favorite book. Children and adults will both have fun reading this timless book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a bear and the browns family keep the bear in the family paddington was a very complicated bear to take care of. But sometime his trouble does a good thing and it was... (hint hint!) (I'll give you a clue...Read it!!!!!) 128 pages 8 chapters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!! I loved the story. Also, the new movie of Paddington is really good!! it's the same story, except Judy's character is about the opposite of her personality in the movie and they added some things, but about the sonly thing they majorly changed was judy. Overall, GREAT book/movie!!!!!!! TOTALLY 5-stars!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so nice to read this book. This book is to good!!!!!!!!
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I liked the movie. Why is it always the "BROWNS?" It was the Browns in Mary Poppins, Nurse Matilda ( also known as Nanny McPhee), and a bunch of other books. Now this one. Why is it never the BLACKS or the KHAKIS or the ECRUS or the BEIGES or the PURPLES or the VIOLETS! INDIGOS! GREENS! BLUES! YELLOWS! ORANGES! REDS! CRIMSONS! SCARLETS! CHARTREUSES! PERIWINKLES! VAN WINKLES! OLIVES! Or......………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….......................................................………………………………………………………………………………………….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………Pinks. Carnelians. Emeralds. Why arent those names ever used?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was readingit to my boyfriend