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Paddington by Michael Bond


Paddington by Michael Bond

For more than five decades, stories of Paddington Bear have delighted children all over the world. The classic story of the bear from Darkest Peru who arrived at Paddington Station with nothing but a suitcase, a half-empty jar of marmalade and a label that read, `Please look after this bear. Thank you.' Mr and Mrs Brown discovered him, named him Paddington and welcomed him to their home, where he has lived ever since.


Praise for the Paddington series:

`I've always had great respect for Paddington...He is a British institution.
Stephen Fry

`Paddington has joined Pooh as one of the great bears of English children's literature.
The Teacher

`Michael Bond's accident-prone bear...has become one of the most enduring of children's characters.
The Bookseller

About the Author

Author of over one hundred books, many of them for children, Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire, in 1926, but he grew up in Reading. On leaving school at the age of fourteen, he spent a year in a lawyers’ office before joining the BBC as an engineer. During the war he served with both the RAF and the army, and it was in 1947, while stationed in Cairo, that he wrote his first short story. Its acceptance by London Opinion sowed the seeds of a future career, but before becoming a full-time writer he was to spend many happy and fruitful years as a BBC television cameraman. One snowy Christmas Eve he was taking refuge in Selfridges when he came across a small toy bear, literally left on the shelf. Bought as a ‘stocking filler’ for his first wife, Brenda, it was to act as the inspiration for ‘A Bear Called Paddington’ first published fifty years ago, in 1958. In 1997 Michael Bond was awarded the OBE for his services to children’s literature.

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Publication date

31st July 2014


Michael Bond

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HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


32 pages
Interest Age: From 1 to 3 years


Picture books: character books



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