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A Bear Called Paddington (Paddington Bear #1)

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Mr. and Mrs. Brown first met Paddington, a most endearing bear from Darkest Peru on a railway platform in London. A sign hanging around his neck said, "Please look after this bear. Thank you" So that is just what they did.

From the very first night when he attempted his first bath and ended up nearly flooding the hou
Paperback, 159 pages
Published March 27th 2014 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (first published 1958)
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Michelle I'm currently reading this for my 5 year old niece. I read for 20 or so minutes. She watches where my finger goes to see what words I am reading. She…moreI'm currently reading this for my 5 year old niece. I read for 20 or so minutes. She watches where my finger goes to see what words I am reading. She has been even catching some of her words she's been learning at kindergarten. It also helps that there's pictures. This is our second chapter book we have read. The first being Winnie-The-Pooh, which she loved. Her Mom even read aloud half of the Wizard of Oz book so far.(less)
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Oct 09, 2011 Sita rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, childrens, reviewed
Wow. And I mean WOW.


This is a children’s book, so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone now, but it is a good book I can’t say I would recommend it to anyone now, but for children it is a fun, exciting read. I was in love with Paddington; I wished my parents would find a bear like that at the train station.

Mr Brown coughed loudly. “It doesn’t seem a very exciting story,” he said, impatiently.
He reached across and poked Paddington with his pipe. “Well I never,” he said, “I do believe he’s fallen a
Mar 02, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the first trailer for that awful-looking Paddington movie appeared, my kids asked about Paddington and I described him in glorious detail and then I . . . realized something. I knew that Paddington was a book, I had always known this. But I had never read it! My experience with Paddington as a child was limited to the wonderful cartoon, which used to play on the early Disney Channel. If you're not familiar with the Paddington cartoon, you really must find it! the people are hand drawn, with ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Julia rated it it was ok
Book, it's not you, it's me.

I don't know why I didn't love A Bear Called Paddington; on all accounts, its adorable: a cuddly, talking bear, an English setting, accidental mayhem, etc. Perhaps it's the last point listed, but I didn't feel any magic in this story. It just felt like a very drawn out children's book where the bear kept getting in trouble over and over. His accidents didn't seem humorous to me. He was always in trouble for doing silly things, but I always ended up feeling sorry for h
Catherine Ford
May 20, 2016 Catherine Ford rated it liked it
Shelves: children
So I read this book for my bookclub RECS... and no it wasn't someone else who chose it, it was me!!! :D

I really wish that Paddington had been introduced to me as a child, because even as an adult the cuteness got to me. There are 8 stories in this collection. My favourites were when Paddington screwed up the Underground, when he went shopping and the story with the painting. It was all very amusing, and just took me back to innocent times in my life. If you're a parent, then please introduce Pad
Feb 19, 2008 Christina rated it it was amazing
We meet Paddington for the first time at Paddington station where he sits, small and lonely, on his suitcase, wondering what to do after having travelled all the way from Darkest Peru in a lifeboat, surviving on a jar of marmelade.
Luckily, he meets the Browns who take him in, feed him, care for him - and help him whenever he gets into trouble.
I think the highest recommendation I can give for this book and for sweet little Paddington is, that I made my boyfriend laugh so hard he cried just by me
Dear Mr. Paddington,

I am writing this to you. And I hope that you will read it so you know. I guess I'm just another fan of yours, but I thought I'd write and tell you so.

You made me love you. I didn't want to do it. No. I didn't want to do it. You made me love you, and all the time you knew it. I'm fairly sure you knew it. You made me happy, sometimes you made me glad. But there were times, sir, you made me feel so mad.

I think you're grand, that's true. Yes I do. Indeed I do. You know you made
Jul 12, 2014 Jon rated it liked it
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When I was a child, I was never introduced to Paddington Bear and there was one bear in my life and that was Winnie The Pooh. It wasn't until I saw promotions for the upcoming Paddington movie that I decided I needed to see what I had missed out on as a child. This is the type of book that I would've loved when I was younger -- the type of book that would get reread and reread until all of the pages became frayed and bent out of shape.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Mar 09, 2010 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, childrens, 2010
Paddington Bear is a much-loved children's character from the 50s, but not one I precisely grew up with. I always knew about Paddington, but mostly because of my older sisters. I don't remember seeing the show (I'm pretty sure there was a cartoon) or reading the books. What I do remember is this story:

When I was about thirteen, we mated our kelpie sheepdog, Tess, with another farmer's kelpie. We got two male pups. One of my older sisters named them: one was called Paddington, the other, Bear. Th
Christine Blachford
Jan 06, 2013 Christine Blachford rated it it was amazing
After battling through a huge variety of the old classic books recently, I was in the mood for some unchallenging, easy to digest and entertaining books. Paddington is all that and more. I love bears, and the idea of this super-polite but oft-in-trouble brown bear from Darkest Peru is one that instantly resonates. I must have read this a thousand times, and just like Winnie-the-Pooh (another bear), it’s one I could read every day forever.

What’s actually lovely about it is that Paddington isn’t y
Found it funny when I was a kid.
Libro acquistato subito il primo dell’anno, in circostanze straordinarie (leggasi tentativo di andare a vedere il film al cinema solo per finire in una situazione surreale con video pessimo, immagini in blocco e guasto alle apparecchiature che ha portato dopo venti minuti al rimborso del biglietto e all’esodo dal cinema) per lenire il dispiacere della bimba, e letto il pomeriggio stesso.

Non conoscevo niente di Paddington, avevo intuito dal trailer del film che fosse qualcosa di comico per bambin
Kerry Leonard
Dec 07, 2015 Kerry Leonard rated it really liked it
This was on my list of betterment.

Paddington is just so loveable! He is so cheeky and gets away with a lot, I even found myself laughing to myself about some of the situations he gets himself into.

I like how each chapter in the book was a new little story. It made it very easy to read and the stories do build upon what we already know about Paddington and the Brown's.

In some places the book was quite dated and I feel some children would not pick up on this but the ones which do would need a bi
Razvan Zamfirescu
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A fost o dată un ursuleț venit din întunecatul Peru care mânca marmeladă de portocale în gara Paddington. Un domn, Brown, și o doamnă, tot Brown, l-au îndrăgit de cum l-au văzut. L-au îndrăgit atât de tare încât l-au luat acasă și l-au numit Paddington după numele gării în care s-au întâlnit. Și Paddington i-a iubit la rândul pentru că este un ursuleț deosebit de civilizat, dar care intră mai tot timpu
John Yelverton
Feb 17, 2012 John Yelverton rated it really liked it
Such a sweet and adorable children's book, and is very unique for it's sophistication.
Dec 03, 2014 Leonardo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children of all ages
Recommended to Leonardo by: My worn-out pillow case
A little background... When I was a little boy, an English couple, friends of my parents from the time my dad was studying for his Master degree in Animal Nutrition in Newcastle, came to visit them (us) in Mexico, and they brought me a Paddington pillow case. However, it was until very recently that I found out that there was actually a series of books about that funny bear, eating marmalade while seating on his case, at an English train station. So, when my wife and I recently visited England f ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Saffron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This book is so good it makes my toes curl. Mr and Mrs Brown are at Paddington station to collect their daughter when they discover a small bear. A stowaway, he has come all the way from Darkest Peru with only a jar of marmalade to sustain him. When it transpires that he has nowhere to go, Mrs Brown decides they must take him in. As his real name is apparently difficult to pronounce, she christens him Paddington. Almost immediately, Paddington becomes a much-loved member of the family, despite h ...more
Robin Rowles
Feb 15, 2015 Robin Rowles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review is based on the audio-cd edition of this story. Young Paddington bear finds himself in Britain after emigrating from South America - Darkest Peru!
He soon finds himself being cared for and looked after by the Brown family.

If you enjoy light-hearted family fun and amusement, you'll probably love this entertaining story. The fun starts when Paddington bear decides to take a bath! When Mr Brown and Judy discover some drops of water coming through the ceiling, it becomes apparent that Padd
Jun 06, 2016 Fabian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really feel like adding a review to my rating, because this book kind of touched me.
As a kid, I loved listening to my Paddington audiobook on MC, but I actually never read the books.
Last year, I watched the movie adaption, which I also enjoyed. Not only was the movie cast perfect, but also the plot was really touching and heartwarming.

I had the same feeling while reading this book, but it was more intense. To be honest, it moved me to tears a little bit. The story and the characters are so lov
Claire Watson
Sep 22, 2015 Claire Watson rated it really liked it
The original story about a young bear that inspired the hit movie of the same name. Paddington is a small bear who lives with his Great Aunt Lucy in Darkest Peru. Unfortunately, Aunt Lucy becomes too old to care for Paddington and must move to a home for retired bears. She loads Paddington up for his journey with plenty of marmalade (full of vitamins for a growing young bear, and tasty too!) and attaches a note to Paddington asking whoever finds him to “please look after this bear”. Paddington i ...more
Yuniar A. Fithri
May 22, 2016 Yuniar A. Fithri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Judy took one of his paws. "Come along Paddington. We'll take you home, and you can have a nice, hot bath. Then you can tell me all about South America. I'm sure you must have had lots of wonderful adventures."

"I have," said Paddington earnestly. "Lots. Things are always happpening to me. I'm that sort of bear."

Ini kisah beruang selain beruang Winnie The Pooh. Aku suka beruang dan aku suka banget cerita ini. Paddington berpertualang ke London singkatnya dan bertemu dengan keluarga Brown di su
May 20, 2015 Hailey rated it really liked it
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Hannah Kaye
Feb 17, 2016 Hannah Kaye rated it really liked it
I have a small confession to make, as a child, I had never ever read Paddington, I don’t think their is any particular reason for this in all honesty, perhaps I was to engrossed in my audiobooks of Harry Potter to recognise anything else. Particular children’s literature which I feel that now, aged 18 years old, I am finally catching up on! Anyway, ‘A Bear Called Paddington’ seemed the perfect start to catching up on childhood reads which I really should have read already, especially since I saw ...more
Rebecca Collins
I think I have fallen in love with Paddington bear! This book is so lovely and I can't wait to share it with my class, no matter what age they are!
We follow the life of Paddington bear, and join him on his many adventures. I really like how the book is set in the UK so children would be more aware of the setting of the book, and this is something that could be looked at in more detail! For example, a trip to the sea side would be interesting so children could compare their own experience to Pad
Jennifer Talkington
May 18, 2016 Jennifer Talkington rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
My husband and I had such a good time reading this book aloud to our children. The kids laughed out loud many a times. Paddington has a lot of crazy adventure.
Jul 06, 2016 Reem rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children and those who enjoy children stories
Sweet and easy. Not the best I've read but it's enjoyable.
Sarah De Clercq
Jan 09, 2016 Sarah De Clercq rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Zo'n leuk boekje! Ik weet dat het voor kinderen bedoeld is maar toch vond ik het geweldig!
Jul 30, 2015 Alan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7-in-7-readathon
Paddington is, admittedly, a piece of work, and reading of his exploits often prompted me to go, "Oh no!", "Oh dear", or "You daft klutz!".

But in the end, these are lovely, heartfelt stories, and Paddington is a great character, whose overeagerness is part of what makes him so enchanting. He's a friend you stick with, even when he ruins your painting or accidentally drops a marmalade sandwich into a theatre audience.

If you happen to have the 2002/2003 Harper Collins edition, be sure to read Mich
Dec 10, 2014 Dominick rated it really liked it
Well, this was a lot of fun. The basic idea is bizarre and irrational-- bear emigrates as a stowaway from Peru to England (why? no real reason) and is adopted instantly into the Brown family, when they find him in Paddington station (why? no real reason). Nobody seems at all thrown by the fact of a bear wandering around in London, never mind the fact that he talks. Do other animals talk? Who knows? We never encounter any others.

Anyway, Paddington is basically a kid, getting in kid-like scrapes b
Sep 03, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

This is the first book in a series of adventures featuring Paddington Bear and it is easy to see why the books, and indeed the bear, have become classics of children’s literature. It is a beautifully written book that engages the reader from the first page. The illustrations by Peggy Fortnum are delightful and their scribbled nature reflects Paddington’s character; thoughtful, simple and yet complex. Named after the train station where he was found by the
Gijs Grob
I presume that Paddington is far more famous as a merchandise character than his original adventures. However, these are a pleasant, if no groundbreaking read. The little bear is in fact an illegal immigrant, although the writer does not dwell on this fact very long. He's found on Paddington station by the British family Brown. They adopt the animal, and Paddington soon is part of their family, joining them in shopping, going to the theater, and to the beach. Neither they, nor the other human ch ...more
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