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More than Marmalade: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear

More than Marmalade: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear

by Rosanne Tolin


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Michael Bond never intended to be a children’s writer. Though an avid reader, he was by no means a model student and quit school at 14. He repaired rooftop radio transmitters during the bombing of Britain in World War II and later joined the army. He wrote about the war and more, selling stories here and there. 

One day, while searching for inspiration at his typewriter, hoping for a big story that would allow him to write full time, a stuffed bear on top of the shelf—a Christmas present for his wife—suddenly caught his eye. Bond poured his personal feelings about the events of his era—the refugee children his family had hosted in the countryside, a war-torn country in recovery, the bustling immigrant neighborhood where he lived—into the story of a little bear from Peru who tries very, very hard to do things right. The result was A Bear Called Paddington

An incredible true tale, More than Marmalade: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear is the first biography about the writer behind the beloved series. Author Rosanne Tolin reveals how world history, Bond’s life, and 1950s immigrant culture were embedded into Paddington’s creation, bringing middle-grade readers a delightful, informative, and engaging book with a timely message of acceptance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641603140
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 724,073
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

An experienced and well-respected journalist, Rosanne Tolin has focused her work primarily on children’s publications, serving as the former managing editor of Guideposts for Kids magazine and the Guideposts for Kids website. For more about the author, visit

Table of Contents

Author's Note vii

Michael and Paddington's Map of London xiii

1 Trains, Books, and Bears 1

2 Mishaps and Mischief 12

3 The World at War 24

4 Unbreakable 38

5 Voyages of Adventure 50

6 A Lonely Bear 61

7 All About Paddington 72

8 Life with Paddington 84

9 Paddington Bear Rescues Mr. Bond 97

10 Paddington Lives On 109

Bibliography 120

Index 125

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