A Bear Called Paddington

by Michael Bond

Hardcover, 2014



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HarperCollins (2014), 174 pages. $9.99.


A very small bear found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington station becomes one of the family.

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174 p.; 5 inches


0062312189 / 9780062312181





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LibraryThing member ctpress
"Seeing that something was expected of it the bear stood up and politely raised its hat, revealing two black ears. 'Good afternoon,' it said, in a small clear voice ... The bear puffed out its chest. 'I'm a very rare sort of bear,' he replied importantly. 'There aren't many of us left where I come from.' 'And where is that?' asked Mrs Brown. The bear looked round carefully before replying. 'Darkest Peru. I'm not really supposed to be here at all. I'm a stowaway.’”

What a joy to listen to Stephen Fry’s narration of A Bear Called Paddington. Perfection.

The sweet little bear from darkest Peru is found on Paddington Station and taken in by the Brown family. Paddington is clumsy and always get into trouble. “Things are always happening to me – I’m that sort of bear!” , as he comments.

But he can also quickly become indignant and loose his temper. As when he’s being wrongly accused.

“I'm not a criminal,” said Paddington, hotly. “I'm a bear!” .

Oh, yes, dear Paddington. You are that sort of bear. That’s why we love you.… (more)
LibraryThing member MrsLee
I picked this up to read because my twenty-one year old daughter told me she still loves them and recently reread them. After reading it, I can see why. So warm and personable. I love the Brown family and their reception of Paddington, I love Paddington and his reception of life's experiences. I shall be reading more of these, books that make you laugh out loud should be read often.… (more)
LibraryThing member drruth
Charming classic about a peruvian bear who turns up in Paddington station wearing a tag that says "Please take care of this bear". He enters the Brown family and proceeds to wreak havoc in every imaginable way through actions as simple as taking a bath. A bear with a sharp eye for a bargain, he also has an enormous heart, but nevertheless always gets in over his head, just as children do. And he invariably gets in trouble with his neighbor, like a furry but well-intentioned Dennis the Menace. Essentially timeless. The first volume in the series and the best.… (more)
LibraryThing member catherinestead
After his Aunt Lucy moves into a home for retired bears, a small and rather sticky bear emigrates from darkest Peru with only a suitcase full of marmalade. The Brown family discover him at Paddington station and adopt him, and the bear (now rejoicing in the impressive name of Paddington) has lots of adventures across London which generally involve leaving sticky paw-prints all over the place, knocking things over, getting lost, and getting into trouble.

It's not hard to see why this is a classic, beloved of generations of children. I spotted this book on sale for a minuscule sum while I was doing some Christmas shopping, and (being without children to buy it for) decided to indulge myself and revisit my childhood. I was very fond of my stuffed Paddington Bear - complete with blue duffel coat, red wellies and floppy hat - when I was about 4, and re-reading the stories was a nostalgic treat.
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LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
This is a fun little book about a bear who is more like a little person. He's silly in his serious explorations of England, adopted by a kind family with two delighted children.
LibraryThing member jenflock
“A Bear Called Paddington” is our first introduction to Paddington Bear. The book opens with the Brown family discovering Paddington in the lost luggage department at Paddington Station. He’s looking lost, clutching a battered suitcase and has a “please look after this bear” label stuck around his neck. You can’t help but love him. Luckily Mrs Brown talks her husband into taking him home with them. As
Mr Brown points out, there are surely laws against that sort of thing but as this is the magical world of children’s literature we won’t worry about little things like that. We also immediately accept that Paddington is a talking bear, after all we are dealing with a very special bear.
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LibraryThing member MsLangdon
Part A/Classic
Bond, M. (1958). A bear called Paddington. New York: Bantum Doubleday Dell.

Paddington, a stowaway bear from Darkest Peru, is taken in by a family when they find him sitting alone at the Paddington Station, wearing a sign that states, “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” Adjusting to his new life in England, Paddington frequently finds himself in interesting predicaments. The sketched illustrations add to the reader’s visualizations of Paddington’s small disasters.

Readers are bound to love the endearing character of Paddington Bear, and will equally love the innocent predicaments he stumbles upon.

Another book from this decade is Little Bear by Else Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
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LibraryThing member caitlinbennison
Paddington, a bear from "Darkest Peru" has arrived in London, but he has no where to go, and no one to take care of him. The Brown family takes him in, but they have no idea what they are in for. Paddington is not used to civilized life, and he tends to get himself (and sometimes the rest of the family) into trouble. However, the family grows to love Paddington and think, "it's nice having a bear about the house."… (more)
LibraryThing member saroz
Very cute; I can see why I loved these books as a kid. It's quite a rare (modern) kids' book that is essentially plotless, though; you could exchange the second half of this book with any other Paddington installment and no one would be any the wiser. The little bear's adventures are incredibly episodic! He has a child's logic, though, which is very engaging, and it's probably one of the rare examples of a proper book series built around the familiarity of "hooks," like a sitcom (Paddington's literal approach and love of marmalade, visits to Mr. Gruber, Mr. Curry's stinginess, etc.) - the sort of thing you often encounter in early children's storybooks, but rarely otherwise. That explains both the appeal, I think, as well as the age range of the readership; there's few books (the Winnie-the-Pooh books, perhaps) that are perfectly pitched at 6-year-olds: no longer the realm of picture books, but not yet the complicated realm of the children's novel. "Paddington" still holds up, even if the age of one-and-sixpence pocket money is now long gone.… (more)
LibraryThing member porch_reader
When I was a girl, I owned a stuffed Paddington Bear, complete with hat and blue duffle coat. He and Curious George went everywhere with me. When the Bishop visited our small town church, my grandpa even arranged for them to meet and be blessed by the Bishop. That adventure reminds me of the many adventures of Paddington described in this book.

This book is one of the [1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up]. I found a lovely 50th anniversary edition at my library (great drawings) and quickly found myself laughing at the antics of Paddington. As he states matter-of-factly in the beginning of the book, "Things are always happening to me. I'm that sort of bear."
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LibraryThing member kelly.haskins
Paddington Bear travels all the way from Peru to find a family to live with in London. In the Paddington Train Station, Paddington meets the Brown family that takes him in to stay with them just for the night. With some crazy events, some humorous endeavors, and some change of heart, Paddington finds the family that he is meant to live with for the rest of his life. This is a heart-warming story to read with young children and teach acceptance and love. A great family read.… (more)
LibraryThing member missbrandysue
Paddington is found by the Brown family in Paddington Station, London, England. He's emmigrated from Peru. Paddington is new to England and has a way of getting into trouble everywhere he goes, though he doesn't quite mean to. His charming qualities and the loving Brown family help him with his "close calls" with trouble.

A charming set of mischievous adventures in which each chapter is a new story. Therefore, I think it would be great for children who struggle with comprehending across chapters but have a higher reading level. I love Paddington and can't wait to get back to London to get my own bear in Paddington Station! (Oh yes, there's a cart selling them as soon as you get off the trains arriving in the station.)
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LibraryThing member b_Campbell
Paddington, a bear from Darkest Peru arrives in a British train station completely lost and alone. That is until Mr. and Mrs. Brown find him and take him home. The rest of the story shares the funny, yet troublesome mishaps Paddington gets himself into.
LibraryThing member sriemann
This paperback copy sat in the middle of the 'free' shelf at the local library branch, and so I took it to read to Purlewe. After reading aloud the first chapter to her, I read the rest of it silently - I couldn't put it down, it was like eating some of my favorite comfort food. I remember reading Paddington while stretched out on the warm floor under one of my parents' guest room beds.… (more)
LibraryThing member n.oreilly
Classic discussion assignment
LibraryThing member ChelseaLawler
This book is a cute book and such a classic. I loved these books growing up. I feel that there is not much of a strong plot though. The illustrations are cute as well but nothing that is all the special. I think that these books are mostly just a fun short read and they don't relate much to other subjects.
LibraryThing member abbylibrarian
When I was a kid, we watched the Paddington tv show, but I'd never read the book. This classic story is sweet and funny and Stephen Fry is an excellent reader. This would be a great car-listening choice for families with young children.
LibraryThing member frances2791
This could have been more entertaining but the writing style and illustrations did not move me. I love teddy bears but I felt to emotional attachment to the bear character and thus I found the story to be simply boring.
LibraryThing member Khegge15
This book is about Paddington bear and his adventures with the Brown family as he tries to navigate the world outside of Darkest Peru. This is a good example of fantasy because Paddington is able to communicate with humans and the world thinks it is perfectly normal that a bear is living with a family.
LibraryThing member joeydag
Classic children's book. Now I understand why Padington bears are sold in toy stores. Very human bear, quirky characters. I calculate I was 7 years old when it was written and can understand why he slipped under my radar.
LibraryThing member Sean191
The writing is a little dated in this classic, but in a pleasant way. It's humorous throughout, but not laugh-out-loud funny. All the characters are great, the exciting scenes aren't too much for little ones to deal with. Overall, it shows why it's a classic and my kids enjoyed it as I read it to them over the course of a few nights.… (more)
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Maybe I should try this again some time. But I recall being bored, and a little annoyed. Maybe the toddler I had in the house at the time was enough?
LibraryThing member ChazziFrazz
It has been a long time since I read this but I still remember the little bear who loved marmalade. Think it is time to re-read it!
LibraryThing member lycomayflower
The first Paddington Bear book. I had somehow never read these (or had them read to me) as a kid (though I still did know quite a lot about Paddington--the hat and the marmalade sandwiches and whatnot). The book is just a little too episodic for me to fall completely, smashingly in love with it as an adult, but gosh was it fun anyway. Very pleasant to pick up and read a chapter here and there. And the illustrations (Peggy Fortnum) are the best.… (more)
LibraryThing member eclecticdodo
I don't remember if I read these (or had them read to me) as a child. The stories are fairly familiar but that could be from the TV series. The edition I read was part of a beautiful set from Harper Collins for the Folio Society (NB not an actual FS publication), and that certainly added to my enjoyment. In this book we meet paddington and he settles into life with the Browns. Thoroughly enjoyable.… (more)




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