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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 house, Paddington was seldom far from imminent disaster. Jona
Paperback, 159 pages
Published March 27th 2014 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (first published 1958)
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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
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
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
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
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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)
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
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
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
Such a sweet and adorable children's book, and is very unique for it's sophistication.
Dec 03, 2014 Leonardo rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Claire Watson
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
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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
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
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
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
I just love this book. I had never really read it. Someone might have read some Paddington to me when I was a child, but it is clear I've missed something greatly. In any case, I love the style and atmosphere of this book. It is very different from the film, and that's a good thing (not that I dislike the film). It has that classic English children's books atmosphere and I just loved it. Great! I'm happy I discovered it so that my children later can get familiar with Paddington!
Justina Servantes
A Bear Called Paddington is about a bear who immigrates to London, he is unlike any bear the Browns have ever met and they decide to take him into their house and let him live with them. Living away from the wild is a challenge for Paddington though he is up for anything and learns different things along the way. The setting is in London and the plot is Paddington adjusting to life among humans. The theme of the story is we all need to help each other in this big world, be kind and courteous to ...more
I read this with a 6 and 4 year old; I think the target age is a bit older. I enjoyed it, especially references to "darkest Peru." It shows the age of the story - back when Peru was some vaguely far-off place that no one really knew anything about. I found it charming. It was totally lost on the younger set. After reading this, I heard there was going to be a Paddington movie released in December of this year. I feel like a trendsetter!

Paddington is one of the best children's book characters I've encountered - he's witty, funny and really cute. I only feel sorry that the books about him hadn't been translated into Bulgarian when I was a child because the young me would have loved them.
I wholeheartedly recommend the book to all children and the adults who refuse to grow up!
Garrett Cash
Read most of this at least when I was younger and fully enjoyed it. I thought I'd give it a revisit in light of the recent Paddington film, and I'm happy to say that A Bear Called Paddington has not lost any of its hilarity or distinctly English charm with age.
Dylan Jones
In this story you follow Paddington the bear. This bear finds that things happen around him. He has come a long way is very lucky to have found a family with the Browns.
Paddington came for Darkest Peru. He is a special bear who's smart aunt Lucy has prepared him to go to England for a long time. She sent him off and Paddington was able to find shelter, food, and a family. His adventures may seem near normal for someone from England a couple decades ago but this bear always finds some sort of tro
juan carlos
UN LIBRO INFANTIL QUE HACE QUE RECUPERES EL AMOR A LA FANTASÍA Y EL AMOR A LA FAMILIA :). Este osito es generoso, amoroso y por consiguiente maravilloso.
Listening to the audio in the car. 6/12/15

Very cute book and funny how this bear seems to get into mischief. We listened to the audio so we could go see the movie during the summer $1 movie program and compare the two.6/24/15
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Michael Bond OBE is an English children's author. He is the creator of Paddington Bear and has written about the adventures of a guinea pig named Olga da Polga, as well as the animated BBC TV series The Herbs. Bond also writes culinary mystery stories for adults featuring Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites.
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