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More than Marmalade: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear

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Michael Bond never intended to be a children’s writer. Though an avid reader, he was by no means a model student and quit school at 14. He repaired rooftop radio transmitters during the bombing of Britain in World War II and later joined the army. He wrote about the war and more, selling stories here and there. 

One day, while searching for inspiration at his typewriter, h
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Chicago Review Press
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C.G. Drews
Yes this is all about THE Paddington Bear who is such a famous worldwide household name, I was really keen to read about how this legendary bear came to be and what inspired the author! (Fun fact: the author is Michael Bond not James Bond and confusing the two really doesn't help yourself. Not that I would ever. ) This is a brief history of both Michael Bond's life and Paddington's and it's simple and sweet, so perfect for kids to read too.

The story of Paddington Bear first came into existence i
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I received a copy of this book for free as part of an Instagram book tour (MTMC Tours specifically) I did to promote the book.

This was such a delightful book for young readers!

This book is aimed towards children aged 9 to 12, so I’m not exactly the target audience. That being said, I still enjoyed it!

I’m a fairly new Paddington fan. I never read the books growing up. But then I saw the movie in 2014 and absolutely fell in love with him!

I always love learning about famous authors so it was ve
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Most everyone knows Paddington bear from either the books, the stuffed animal, or the movies.  But how many know the story behind Paddington Bear?

This biography about Michael Bond is well researched from the bibliography listed at the back and it is obvious the author took great care in creating this book.  While this book is aimed at middle-grade, it can be ready by anyone and I found it endearing and educational at the same time.  This book follows the life of Michael Bond from his early years
Isabel (The Reader & The Chef)
I feel so emotional right now! After reading More Than Marmalade, I realized how little I knew of the story of Paddington Bear. When I was little, I used to watch the show all the time and back then my kid mind only saw a cute bear with his adventures. But now, after reading this book, I can see that it was so much more than that. It talks about migration, difficult times after WWII, learning to live in another place, among other topics. I enjoyed reading about the life of Michael Bond and his h ...more
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
More than Marmalade is such a PRECIOUS book. It’s rare that I read a book in one sitting nowadays (due to lack of time!) but I managed to get some free time earlier today and decided to start this biography — and what a perfect read it was!

I learned so much about Michael Bond, the author of Paddington Bear. I appreciated the insight about his early life, how he grew up and the things that came to inspire him later on to create the beloved Paddington Bear. His childhood home was warm and he was
(Ellie) ReadtoRamble
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it

I read this book for an author request, so thank you so much to the author for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I have always really liked Paddington, and although I was more on the Winnie-the-Pooh team growing up (and still am but don't tell anyone haha), I have some very fond memories of Paddington Bear stories. I loved the movies that came out a few years ago, they were so lovely and had me in tears multiple times, so I k
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
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Ruth Stern
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I never read the PAddington bear stories but now I want to. Michael Bond had a wonderful imagination and a curiosity that continually gave him ideas for more bear adventures.

Until I read this I never knew the connection between the kindertransport and paddington bear.
Allison Creighton
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
More than Marmalade: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear, could just as well be subtitled, Paddington Bear and the Story of Michael Bond. In this beautifully-told true story, author Rosanne Tolin shows us that while Michael Bond brought Paddington to life, Paddington offered Bond the dual gift of friendship and inspiration.
Although primarily intended for middle grade readers, More Than Marmalade will appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds, due to the book’s significant themes o
Paige Green
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: More than Marmalade: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear

Author: Rosanne Tolin

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

Genre: Children’s Biography

Recommended Age: 8+ (cute, adorable, does talk about WW2 a little)

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Pages: 176

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Synopsis: Michael Bond never intended to be a children’s writer. Though an avid reader, he was by no means a mod
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interest Level: 3-6

If you have ever dreamed of becoming an author, where would your inspiration come from? Michael Bond didn't grow up thinking he would become a writer but little did he know that he would become one of the most well-known authors ever. Growing up Michael was not the greatest in school but he grew up in a loving home where his parents read to him every night. He quit school at the age of 14 and began working odd jobs during World War II. He joined the army and during this time h
Linda Hill
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A biography of Michael Bond aimed at middle grade readers.

It was a real pleasure to read More Than Marmalade. I’ve loved Paddington stories for over half a century and Rosanne Tolin pays a fond, entertaining and interesting tribute to the man who created the bear – Michael Bond.

Although some of the vocabulary is American in style (such as elevator and sidewalk) it is totally accessible to children on both sides of the Atlantic, affording an opportunity for independent reading as well as sharing
I am lucky to have won a copy of this wonderful book about Michael Bond, so far his only biography. It is as delicious as the orange marmalade Paddington Bear loves so much! Rosanne Tolin takes the cue from Bond's childhood when he saw immigrant children come into his country, escaping war, with their names hanging on a sign, just like what would happen to his famous bear. Bond's family, too, took in two of those children. Bond held a number of different jobs in his adulthood, including working ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review copy was provided by the provider for being a part of the blog tour hosted by MTMC Tours.
1. This book had an impact on me. For instance (out of many instances), I’ve told myself before that I might not want to become a mother. But while reading about how Michael and his parents bond through books, it made me think that maybe, deep deep deep inside of me, I might wanna have one in the future. Someone I can read books to. Someone I can go to the library o
Melissa Anderson
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a tiny book but packed with big emotions. I think I cried twice in the 119 pages read.

This is a book about Michael Bond, the lovely well mannered gentleman responsible for the creation of the beloved Paddington Bear series. It starts off when Michael is very young, growing up in Reading with his amazing parents. Both avid readers, they instilled the love of books and reading in their son from an early age.
This book was so charmingly written. It flowed well and gave the reader a very stron
Leslie - Shobizreads
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to @mtmctours and @chireviewpress for the #gifted copy!

I've been a huge fan of both Paddington Bear and his signature Orange Marmalade since my childhood. So, when I learned about this book, I knew I wanted to read it and share it with my own kids. ⁣

This Middle Grade biography goes behind-the-scenes of Michael Bond's life showing us how Paddington Bear came to be and how it forever changed Michael's life. I discovered so many fascinating facts including the intended support of immigr
Elza Kinde
Through every beloved character shines their creator's spirit. More Than Marmalade is an approachable history lesson about writer, Michael Bond, and his famous bear.

A patchwork of stories and historical tidbits bring Michael's world to life, from early days and memories of World War II in London to early failures and the rising fame of Paddington Bear. The blend of non-fiction and speculative scenes encourage younger readers to engage with the man behind their favorite books.

I would recommend Mo
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tjreviewed2020
perfect cozy read during this suffocated time, More than Marmalade fills the mind and the heart of the reader with hope and sunshine. Seeing the world through the eyes of a curious child and watching him and his thoughts modify as he grows up into an adult is an experience altogether. The parts where Bond talks though about world war and bombs and children who lost their homes and family yet still giving a ray of positivity that better future is waiting for us makes me feel the same as we strugg ...more
Stephanie P
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher to review.

This was such a delightful read! I love author backstories and discovering the inspiration for beloved stories so I was very curious to learn how this beloved bear came to be. Reading this made me love Paddington even more as I discovered the emotion and life experiences that poured into him. I especially love how Paddington is representative of the immigration experience and the search for home.

This a middle grade level biography
Miz Lizzie
As a Paddington Bear fan (though I'm really only familiar with the first one or two books), I found this biography of Michael Bond a lovely introduction to the man and his times and his inspiration. Rosanne Tolin gives good sense of the formative experiences of Michael Bond's life as well as his creative process. Especially interesting and relevant for today was Michael's empathy for the plight of refugees and immigrants in his creation of Paddington. This is a narrative biography that will keep ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a fascinating read for me because I strongly associate Paddington Bear with my own childhood and assume children now just know him from the movie. Imagine my surprise when I learned that the last Paddington book was published just two years ago and that the author Michael Bond was alive when the first movie was made and even had a small part in it.

I was also shock to learn that Paddington’s story was inspired by the child refugees flooding England during World War II. I had never thoug
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet biography of Michael Bond and Paddington Bear. Very much for younger readers to learn about the author and his life.

I appreciated in the Author's Note:
"Though details of Bond's childhood are limited, it was possible to piece them together using his own words. While some of the author's quotes in this book have been adapted to better fit a middle grade biography, they have been taken from verifiable sources. This book is a rare account of his life, with fictionalized scenes based in fact
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Informative biography of Michael Bond for younger readers. Discusses the origin and development of the concept of Paddington Bear and the tremendous success the stories received. Extensive bibliography. Well chosen photographs provide additional interest.

One very interesting element is the account of the vast amount of correspondence Bond received from readers and his drive to personally respond to them, at great cost to his personal life.

A good choice for elementary biography collections.
Jacklyn Berry
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My mom got me this book because I like the Paddington movies a lot. It turned out I learned a lot about Michael Bond who wrote all the Paddington books, which was good because I didn't know things about him, like how he came up with his stories. I really liked this book, it's set in London, and it was way more interesting to read than other biographies that can be boring. I hope they make another Paddington movie soon, and now I'll know all about the author too.
Susan Morris
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Not a bad book, and I learned some neat things about Michael Bond, the author of the Paddington books. But I think I would have preferred just facts about his life, and not the fictionalized conversations in this. Some interesting images are included, such as the Paddington statue at Paddington station in London, and the more recent poster with a picture of Paddington and “Migration is not a crime.” (Library)
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this delightful new book out on my back porch, enjoying the sunshine on a glorious Shabbat afternoon. Who knew that Michael Bond got his inspiration for Paddington Bear from the Kindertransport? My full review will be in Association of Jewish Libraries Review but I definitely recommend this short, accessible (120 page) book to readers in 3rd grade & up and Paddington fans of all ages. ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read my full review on the Shannon A. Jade Books blog!

My More than Marmalade Top 3:
- History made simple
- Paddington!
- Lots of information/research
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rounded up from 3.75 stars
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-childrens
It was a pleasure to read this delightful book about the Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear. Third-Fifth graders will be enthralled.
morgan :)
paddington stan first human second
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Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Rosanne Tolin is a wife, mother of four, avid runner and author. While studying law abroad in London, she subsisted mainly on a diet of tea and toast, and frequented Paddington Station. An experienced and well-respected journalist, she has focused her work primarily on children's publications. She was the former creator and editor of an ALA notable children's webs ...more

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