Today it is my pleasure to bring you a timeless favorite of mine, a children’s story that will enchant, entice and amuse. Everyone is familiar with Winnie the Pooh, the bear that walks you through early childhood. But let me introduce you to Paddington, a bear from deepest, darkest Peru, who has come to live in England! Appropriate for readers 6 and up, I used to hide away with my stories about Paddington for hours: he’s a very extraordinary bear.
More About Paddington
A perennial favorite since first released in 1959, Michael Bond has hit upon a story that is sure to please many. One step more difficult in reading level than the Pooh stories, Paddington’s tales are perfect for devouring all at once, or that one chapter before bed.
Paddington is a bear from deepest darkest Peru, arriving in London with a tag on his coat-toggle requesting that someone ‘please take care of this bear”. Fortunately he was found by the Browns: Mr. and Mrs. Brown, their two children Jonathan and Judy, and their housekeeper, Mrs. Bird. What started as a ‘temporary arrangement’ is now quite solidified, and Paddington is a member of the family, albeit not leaving for boarding school with the Brown children.
In this installment, Paddington is up to his usual hijinks: although to be perfectly fair, he isn’t intending them to be so difficult. It’s the paws you see: while Paddington is in most ways the average 10 year old (or thereabouts) boy, he isn’t a boy, he’s a bear, and bear’s paws are not as facile as human 10 year old boy hands.
With his penchant for marmalade and a love of sweet buns, to his insatiable curiosity fueled by his friend Mr. Gruber who runs a small shop downtown, Paddington is in to all sorts of adventures. From Photography to snowman building, gathering pennies for the Guy and even helping to redecorate the spare room which is to become his very own room, Paddington’s intentions are good, even as the results aren’t always as planned.
With postcards about his life sent to his Aunt Lucy in Peru, lots of heart and some rather tangled adventures, Paddington is sure to become a favorite. The re-released version also has some wonderful pen and ink illustrations from Peggy Fortnum: these are lovely additions that enhance the stories, providing visual references and a lightness, infused with humor and expressions on Paddington’s face that range from determined to puzzled, as you travel through the story.
Title: More About Paddington
Author: Michael Bond
Series: Paddington Bear
Genre: Children's Literature
Published by: HarperCollins
Published on: 24 February, 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 2 Hours: 36 minutes
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Paddington Bear becomes a celebrity when he takes portraits of the Brown family with a very old camera. Thanks to the unique results, a local shop puts the photos on display. And that's just the first adventure this extraordinary bear finds himself in. From wallpapering to mystery-solving, Paddington does it all with the sense of wonder and playful charm that readers have come to love.
First published in 1959, More about Paddington is the second novel by Michael Bond chronicling the adventures of this classic character. Paddington has warmed the hearts of generations of readers with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. This brand-new paper-over-board edition of the classic novel contains the original text by Michael Bond and illustrations by Peggy Fortnum.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.