A Bear Called Paddington

A Bear Called Paddington

by Michael Bond

Hardcover(Large Print)

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Overview

Paddington first charmed American audiences forty years ago. Now a new generation will surely be won over by Paddington's particular brand of preposterous humor and gentle satire. The Browns first meet Paddington on a railway platform in London. He is sitting on a battered suitcase, wearing an odd-looking hat and a sign around his neck that reads, "Please look after this bear. Thank you." And that is just what they do, unaware that home will never be the same once Paddington becomes a member of the family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781850899389
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
Publication date: 01/01/1990
Series: Paddington Bear Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Michael Bond began chronicling Paddington’s adventures in his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, published in 1958. Fortunately, bears don’t need much encouragement, and Paddington has since filled the pages of twelve further novels, a variety of picture books, and many other projects written for the young at heart.

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A Bear Called Paddington 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Through the years when our boys were younger, we checked out various single-story Paddington Bear books from the library to read to them. I thought that I had done a review of one of these previously, but apparently not. Several years ago, while looking for some books to give as a present to our younger son Jeremy for his eighth birthday, I saw this original Paddington Bear book, in which Paddington Bear arrives from darkest Peru, where his Aunt Lucy had to move into a home for retired bears, and is found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington Station, and a sequel, Paddington at Large (1962) in a book store and purchased them. At first, I thought that perhaps some of the single stories had been collected together. However, I have since found out that Bond originally wrote these collections, along with some ten or eleven others (More About Paddington, which we found and read later, Paddington Helps Out, Paddington Abroad, Paddington Marches On, Paddington at Work, Paddington Goes to Town, Paddington Takes to TV, Paddington Takes the Test, Paddington on Stage, and Paddington's Storybook), and the single story books were adapted from them. I do not know how available the books are. I knew I had seen one in a bookstore somewhere. When I went to Borders, they did not have any, could not find them in any other of their area stores, and said they normally did not carry them in stock. I did find single copies of the two books under review at Barnes and Noble. They are delightful stories, obviously written to appeal to young children but enjoyable for anyone. Jeremy said that they were great.
Prince_Cor More than 1 year ago
This book is simply wonderful. It is the first book in a series about a most remarkable bear. In this book we are introduced to the Browns. Mr. and Mrs. Brown are at a railway station -- Paddington Station -- in order to pick up their daughter Judy, who is arriving from her boarding school. It is in this station where they spy a small bear, who has emigrated from Darkest Peru. The Browns, while recognizing the situation is highly irregular, nevertheless decide to take Paddington home with them. And so begins a very funny series of adventures involving the Browns (a caring, polite, and reserved family) and Paddington. This edition of the book is beautiful. The paper is cream color, of fine quality and texture. The illustrations are beautiful. The layout welcoming. If you have met Paddington before, or are new to Paddington, I believe you will find spending time with him and the Browns most rewarding. Just a refreshing, entertaining, and ever-so-proper book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When a young bear wearing an old coat and hat, named Paddington is left to fend for himself after his aunt is put into a home for old bears, the Brown family decides to take him in. We follow the adventures of Paddington as he adapts to life with the Browns in England. Paddington is taken by the Browns to get clothing and ends up making a mess in the display window. Paddington learns how to eat like a human and walk like a human. Paddington gets in trouble one day in a train station and is band from the station. Paddington starts to learn how to live in a world full of humans. Finally Paddington starts to fit in! This book is so exciting because Paddington is such a cute loveable little bear, which just can¿t help but get into trouble! Every chapter is a different adventure for Paddington, such as him becoming a celebrity on the beach or him learning how to draw and making a big mess! Paddington is a lovely little bear that looks like any ordinary little stuffed animal, but he can come alive. Paddington never takes off his coat or hat, even when the hat fell over his eyes and he thought the power went out. Paddington always tries to do the right thing, but something always seems to go wrong. Paddington is a funny little bear. This book will never make you stop laughing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paddington is an adorable character, who is more multi-dimensional than I expected him to be. Through his mishaps he puts a smile on the reader's face. He's absolutely adorable. This would be a great first chapter book for any child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My six year old girls truly enjoyed listening to this in the car. I loved the book as a child, and now they can enjoy it as well. Stephen Fry does an excellent job of bringing all the characters to life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Padington Bear is my favorite book. Children and adults will both have fun reading this timless book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a bear and the browns family keep the bear in the family paddington was a very complicated bear to take care of. But sometime his trouble does a good thing and it was... (hint hint!) (I'll give you a clue...Read it!!!!!) 128 pages 8 chapters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!! I loved the story. Also, the new movie of Paddington is really good!! it's the same story, except Judy's character is about the opposite of her personality in the movie and they added some things, but about the sonly thing they majorly changed was judy. Overall, GREAT book/movie!!!!!!! TOTALLY 5-stars!!!!!
porch_reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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."
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
MsLangdon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part A/ClassicBond, 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.
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.)
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
catherinestead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
saroz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so nice to read this book. This book is to good!!!!!!!!
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I was readingit to my boyfriend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the movie. Why is it always the "BROWNS?" It was the Browns in Mary Poppins, Nurse Matilda ( also known as Nanny McPhee), and a bunch of other books. Now this one. Why is it never the BLACKS or the KHAKIS or the ECRUS or the BEIGES or the PURPLES or the VIOLETS! INDIGOS! GREENS! BLUES! YELLOWS! ORANGES! REDS! CRIMSONS! SCARLETS! CHARTREUSES! PERIWINKLES! VAN WINKLES! OLIVES! Or......………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….......................................................………………………………………………………………………………………….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………Pinks. Carnelians. Emeralds. Why arent those names ever used?