Cover image for Paddington Bear
Title:
Paddington Bear
Author:
Bond, Michael.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Revised and newly illustrated edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins Publishers, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Adopting for their own the lost bear they find in Paddington Station, the Browns have some exciting first moments with him.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
"Ages 3-8"--Front flap of dustjacket.

AD 420 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 163568.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 2 Quiz: 20804.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780060278540
Format :
Book

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Summary

Forty years ago, a small bear from Darkest Peru set out on the adventure of a lifetime. Carrying a battered suitcase containing several jars of marmalade, and wearing a tag around his neck that read Please Look after This Bear, he stowed away on a ship and landed in Londons Paddington Station. As luck would have it, the Brown family found him, named him Paddington, and welcomed him to their home and into the hearts of millions of readers.Since 1958, Paddington Bear has charmed readers worldwide with his humorous misadventures. In celebration of Paddingtons 40th birthday, Michael Bonds original story of Paddington Bear has been beautifully reillustrated by artist R.W. Alley.


Author Notes

Thomas Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire, England on January 13, 1926. He dropped out of school at the age of 14. During World War II, he served in both the Royal Air Force and the British Army. He sold his first short story in 1945 to the magazine London Opinion. Over the next decade, he had numerous short stories published and radio plays performed. After the war, he joined the BBC Radio and later worked for BBC-TV as a cameraman from 1947 to 1965.

He gave his wife a teddy bear for Christmas in 1956. She it named Paddington after the London train station near their home. His first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958. He became a full-time author in 1965. He wrote more than 25 Paddington books including Paddington Here and Now and Paddington's Finest Hour. He chronicled his life with Paddington in his autobiography, Bears and Forebears.

His other works included A Day by the Sea, Something Nasty in the Kitchen, and Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint. He was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1997 and then a commander of the order in 2015, for services to children's literature. He died after a short illness on June 27, 2017 at the age of 91.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. Just in time for Paddington Bear's 40th birthday, here's a new picture book telling the story of his meeting the Brown family in Paddington Station and how he goes home to live with them. Compared with the two earlier picture books of the same title (1972, 1992), which introduce Paddington in similar fashion, the text of this edition is a little longer and closer to the first two chapters in the original chapter book, A Bear Called Paddington. Alley's lively ink-and-watercolor-wash illustrations capture the winsome charm and gentle humor of this unassuming bear. Libraries may want several of this appealing picture book. --Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

How the beloved bruin Paddington is found at a railway station and becomes a member of the Brown family is the subject of Paddington Bear: A Lift-the-Flap Rebus Book by Michael Bond, illus. by Nick Ward. Pop-ups and pull-tabs join lift-the-flap rebus pictures for lots of visual oomph (HarperFestival, $11.95 16p, ages 4-8 ISBN 0-694-00838-9, Dec.). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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