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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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Paddington is the classic story of a bear who is found in Paddington Station by a family named the Browns; the Browns take in the bear and he becomes part of the family. Along the way, readers see the clumsiness of Paddington and learn his back story—he is from the Darkest Peru. The message of the story is that the stranger you see today could be family tomorrow if you take the time to care. This book is ideal for 1st-2nd grade readers. I enjoyed the book very much. I have always admired the entertaining nature of Paddington the bear. The reasons I find the book to be such a good read is humorous story line, the imaginative creativity that embodies Paddington himself, and the artfully crafter illustrations. The plot of the story is one that will without a doubt capture the attention of readers. The overall plot is one that portrays a very endearing message of friendship and family, but the small mishaps that take place between the moments that support the overall arching message are rather spectacular. For instance, when Paddington is first welcomed home by the Browns he is taken to a café to eat; while at the café, Paddington makes a mess of himself and the café because he accidentally slips on a strawberry tart. In that moment, the audience is offered a tab bit of comic relief. Also, the character Paddington himself is a well-developed character with a lot of personality. This is another aspect that helps to keep the attention of the reader. In essence he is a talking bear from the “Darkest Peru” whom enjoys marmalade and innocently gets himself into mishaps such as making a mess in a café, upsetting the taxi driver, flooding the bathroom, and falling asleep in mid conversation. The author, in a just a few pages of a children’s book, is able to bring to life a bear named Paddington that will surely make readers fall in love with him. Lastly, the illustrations in the book are fantastic. They are clear and comprehensive as they accurately portray the events of the text. The illustrations are scattered throughout the book in no particular fashion; some pages have one large illustration; other pages have 2 or 3 smaller illustrations. The illustrations provide such a variety for readers to view that the story could be understood without the words if needed. For example, when the author describes the ordeal Paddington faces with not being able to get out of the bath tub there are 5 illustrations between 2 pages that portray the event to a T! ( )
  NathanielWhiteley | Nov 3, 2016 |
I really liked the book "Paddington." The book is about a mom and dad, Mr. and Mrs. Brown who find a bear in the train station while they are waiting for their daughter, Judy's train to arrive. The bear tells them how he's come from Darkest Peru and the Browns decide to take him home with them. The bear doesn't have a name so the Browns name him after the station they found him at, Paddington. Paddington is a very mannerable bear, but makes quite few messes. For example, he gets the desserts he was eating all over him at the restaurant. When he goes to take a bath, he makes a map of Peru out of shaving cream on the floor and makes the bathtub overflow getting water everywhere. I really liked the illustrations in this book. They look like they are drawn with colored pencils and are perfect representations of what is happening in the book. When Paddington is really dirty and covered in his dessert he doesn't look particularly clean, but after his bath he looks very shiny, clean, and like he's been combed. The plot is very well organized. The pace from when the Browns find Paddington to the journey home, to his bath, and finally when he sits down to tell everyone about his journey but falls asleep is perfect. The author didn't spend too much time on any one section. The main idea of this story is to welcome people into your lives and to help those who need it. ( )
  ejones35 | Oct 31, 2016 |
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 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060278544, Hardcover)

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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