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A Bear Called Paddington

(Paddington Bear #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  79,086 ratings  ·  1,564 reviews
Paddington Bear had traveled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington Station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same...for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.
©1958, 1986 Michael Bond; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Audiobook, Narrated by Stephen Fry
Published March 29th 2005 by Harper Audio (first published October 13th 1958)
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Michelle (MichelleBookAddict) 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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Perú is a country in South America. To the west it has the Pacific Ocean and to the East has the Amazonian Forest, w…more

Perú is a country in South America. To the west it has the Pacific Ocean and to the East has the Amazonian Forest, which would be the "Darkest Perú" of the Paddington tales. Nevertheless, Perú forests have no bears at all. Its fauna has deers, pumas, birds as guacamayos among others. South America has only one kind of bear which lives in the highlands. (less)
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Okay Goodreads Recommendation Engine, I know you're just trying to get us into trouble again... but it'll be fun! I'm in. And bring a jar of marmalade.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
"Mum, do you remember when we read aloud each night?"

How many years did we spend, my three children and I, unwinding after a day of toddler, preschool or primary school adventures, by reading for an hour and a half together, cuddled up in a mess of arms and legs and stacks of books for different tastes and levels of understanding?

Remembering those days fills me with inner exhaustion and absolute bliss at the same time. There were a few books that caught all children's interests at once while be
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Bear Called Paddington is the first book in the Paddington series, which highlights the adventures of a young bear who has migrated to London from Darkest Peru. After arriving, he luckily meets the Brown family who are more than happy to take him in, and this is where the fun begins.

“Things are always happening to me. I’m that sort of bear.”

My youngest daughter loved reading this book with me. It's such a delightful story with some silly, laugh-out-loud moments. Even without a plot the book k
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, 2019-shelf
So. Yeah. I read this to my kiddo on the assumption it would be nice and wholesome and, above all, CUTE.

I suppose it fits the bill. In a way. In an old generation way. In one of those generations that are sleeping the nice comfy warm dreams of the ever-cozy and drowsy lives that can accept only a tiny little smidge of fantasy in their staid, solid, middle-class English suburbia.

I had to stop the book about ten times with my daughter because either she or I fell asleep on it.

It may be very cute
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
The entire plot of every Paddington story is he loses a sandwich.
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
Katie Lumsden
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful as always.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The classic children's book about a silly little bear from Peru that is picked up at Paddington Station by a British family.

Paddington isn't his actual name but nobody can pronounce his Peruvian one correctly, or so he says. Therefore, his new family is naming him, resulting in the quirky name so many generations of children have come to know and love.
After his aunt is in a home for elderly bears, he is sent on his journey to England because his aunt expects him to have a better life there. And
This summer, I am attempting to balance my reading with some lighter fare. This is the perfect antidote to the intensity of the winter's books. Fun, frolicking, fantasy! What a wonderful bear! ...more

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
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, own, childrens
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
This is a story for a child, not for the adult reading to a child. It comes nowhere near A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories. Isn’t it best when both the child and adult get a kick out of the shared reading experience?

The writing is ordinary, as is the content of the stories. What is drawn is a child’s world. A day at the beach, a birthday party, doing magic tricks. For a child, there may very well be delight in the ordinary. An inordinate number of calamities arise, all due to unintentional mi
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely ADORE Paddington ❤️❤️
Steven Walle
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good children's book. I remember it from my childhood. It is a very cute little story.

Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Luisa Knight
Oh. my. cuteness!

This book has entered into my top favorites for young kids and books to recommend for family read-alouds. The narrative was top notch and as smooth and as delectable as sweet cream. And Paddington and the Brown family: simply the nicest, most endearing host of characters you'd ever want to know.

Read it. You and your kids will LOVE it!

Ages: 5+

Cleanliness: for goodness' sake, goodness gracious, Mercy, Gosh, and Crikey are used. Mentions a man smoking a pipe. Paddington tries to p
Sophie Crane
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
This is a good book about when Paddington is found at Paddington Railway station by the Brown family and goes to live with them.  The story takes you on all the adventures and mischief that Paddington gets up to while living with the Browns.
Jim C
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the beloved children's book. In this one, a bear leaves Peru and travels to London where he has no one. He is totally alone and he is soon adopted by a family. During his stay with this family he has various mishaps that gives the audience a good chuckle.

I can see why this book is a beloved children's book. Actually, I believe this can be enjoyed by anyone at any age. The various mishaps provided me with many chuckles. These mishaps were basically just a misunderstanding because Paddingt
Christina Stind
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
Oct 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
This was delightful. Made even more so by the wonderful voice of Stephen Fry. Believe it or not, I'd never read Paddington before. I can totally see now why he is such an institution for the British. Such trouble one little bear can get into. Maybe they should take him to an obedience course. Or maybe a common sense one. ...more
Loren Johnson
I had my first taste of Paddington Bear when I was 7 years old and read the first story. I loved it then and I still love it now. It's always nice to revisit childhood classics - and this is definitely one I'm glad I picked up again. It's like when you rewatch a kids movie that you haven't seen since you were young - you pick up on so many things that you didn't notice back then. I don't care that I am 21, I love this story. Michael Bond was a truly gifted man, and deserved his Paddington Statue ...more
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic for good reason. It's darling. I loved Paddington and all the charming British-ness and humor. Quite gentle on the whole, though Paddington does get into a few wince-worthy situations and my youngest was a little on edge as to how he'd come through them okay. I know I was familiar with Paddington Bear as a child, though I can't say I remember these stories as well as I do Winnie the Pooh. It was a delight to read aloud with my children. As a parent, I couldn't help but think how much P ...more
Kathryn Ford
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europe, kids
I really thought this was going to be a picture book when I borrowed it from the library, but it ended up being considerably longer than expected and quite delightful. It’s funny that I’ve bought a Paddington Bear from the station once but had never read the books.
Brecht Coppers
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who knows me well enough is aware that the Paddington movies have a special place in my heart. Until now I had never read a Paddington novel, but I am so glad I finally did.

From the moment the Brown family meets Paddington as a castaway bear on a train platform you start to feel all fuzzy inside. This book will put an instant smile on your face as it is funny, heartwarming and very British in the best way possible. Reading this book I wish all people would be just a litte bit more like P
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, 2010, classics
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
Sheila Beaumont
A Bear Called Paddington is a delightful, hilarious read for all ages. Yes, for all ages, not just children.

Oxford don Katherine Rundell has written a new book titled Why You Should Read Children's Books, Even Though You Are So Old and So Wise. One series she especially recommends is Paddington, which she says has a built-in structure of hope. No matter how disastrous Paddington's misadventures seem to be, they are just minor cogs in the miraculous thing that is life, and everything turns out al
Hadas Tsury
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's always fun to read this book. A true children's classic! ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I am ages late, but I completely fell in love with this little bear.

I watched both movies few weeks ago and then talked about them so much that my sister got me the Paddington book for my birthday (she is a treasure, I know <3 ).

And it was sooo cute :) Paddington completely stole my heart. It is primarily book for younger children, but I loved it in my 29 and I am sure I will love it later. I can't wait to read this book to my future children.

All the love for Paddington Brown.
Casey, with a book
Where has Paddington been all my life? Hillarious antics, a heart of gold, and a lot of marmalade. Love it.
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