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Paddington Bear by Michael Bond

Paddington Bear (original 1998; edition 1992)

by Michael Bond, John Lobban (Illustrator), John Lobban (Photographer)

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Title:Paddington Bear
Authors:Michael Bond
Other authors:John Lobban (Illustrator), John Lobban (Photographer)
Info:HarperCollins Publishers (1992), Hardcover, 1 pages
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Paddington Bear by Michael Bond (1998)



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I read this brilliant story as an audio book, so there are less descriptions and no 'said such-and-such', but I still found it a great tale full of adventure. In fact, I think it may well be better to listen along with nothing telling you who's talking because it seems as if they are really speaking, and you are part of the story, and it's coming to life as you read. The people telling my version hesitated often, talking slowly and clearly to let the listener hear.

Paddington wasn't at all called that at first. He was found by the Browns at Paddington Station, only to inform them that he didn't really have a name at all; well, he did, but that was in bear language, and nobody could understand Spanish anyway, for he lived in Peru. Judy and Jonathan Brown were proud and boastful to have a bear in the house, and Mrs and Mr Brown were - well, Mr Brown was astonished and rather disliked the 'animal', but Mrs. was interested to know about him and eager to help find his people.
Read (or listen) to this great book, and find out what happens in Paddington's adventures! ( )
  LaviniaRossetti | Sep 6, 2016 |
Classic children's lit book. A bear managed to find his way from Peru to Paddington Station where he meets the Brown family. Who doesn't love Paddington? ( )
  thornton37814 | Mar 27, 2016 |
I liked this book a lot. It's the first book in a series, and tells a very cute story of a bear that gets lost on a voyage and is adopted by a family when found at a train station. They name him Paddington and find that he's very accident-prone and generally very messy. They accept him for who he is, though - an adventurous little bear with a heart of gold. I like the plot/theme of the story and think it sends a very wholesome message to its readers about accepting peoples' quirks and differences. Its language isn't overly-simple but is still engaging and easy to understand. Tougher vocabulary/phrases such as "Darkest Peru" and "voyage" are used frequently. It also introduces some interesting pragmatics when certain characters are introduced and talk in a different voice than the authors'. When they catch a cab with a messy Paddington, the driver goes "'Bear is extra...sticky bears is twice as much. And make sure none of it comes off on my interior. It was clean when I set out this morning.'" His accent shines through his dialogue, which helps make the story relatable and interesting to its readers. It's organized well and has a nice rhythm/pace. It's told in the third person; in my opinion, I think it would be even more successful if told from the couple or Paddington's point-of-view. Its illustrations are recognizable - you know just from the style alone that it's a Paddington book. It doesn't necessarily push any tough issues on the readers or challenge them; it definitely takes its place as a cute, classic story. ( )
  scorco2 | Sep 29, 2015 |
This is a story about a bear named Paddington. Paddington was found abandoned in London and taken in by a British family named Mr. and Ms. Brown. The story tells of all his wonderful adventures as well as his mishaps every now and then. He filled the life of the Brown's with much excitement, and also kept them on their toes at all times. All they knew of him was the sign that he wore around his neck saying, "Please look after this bear. Thank you.", and this was were the famous story began. Paddington is a book that I would recommend to others because it is such an amazing book. There is a reason is has become such a popular children's book! ( )
  la560 | Apr 9, 2015 |
i really enjoyed this book! Paddington charms his way into your heart just like he charmed his way into the Brown family's hearts. One of my favorite parts of the story was when Paddington went to the opera for the first time and thought the acting was real so he went back stage to tell the person who played the father in the play that he should not throw his daughter out! The author did such a good job portraying this angry bear standing up for what he thought was right. I also really enjoyed the part of the book where he is putting on a magic show for the family and he "accidentally" breaks the grumpy old neighbors watch. Everything Paddington gets himself into is because of his curious nature and independent ways. I love how the Brown family was patient with Paddington and found the humor in everything that he did. One of my favorite characters was Ms. Byrd. I liked her character because even though she was thought to be strict, she always had a soft spot for Paddington. My two boys and I listened to this story at night on CD. When we were finished listening to it, they wanted me to read it to them! I think my first graders will enjoy hearing this story next year. ( )
  Jdwalker | Jun 2, 2014 |
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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.

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Adopting for their own the lost bear they find in Paddington Station, the Browns have some exciting first moments with him.

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