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A Bear Called Paddington
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A Bear Called Paddington Hardcover - 2008

by Michael Bond; Peggy Fortnum (Illustrator)

In 1958, the story of a little bear found in London’s Paddington Station wearing the sign “Please look after this bear” was first published and has been beloved by children around the world ever since. At the time of its publication, one reviewer said, “It should be compulsory reading for all children from six to sixty.” This deluxe anniversary edition includes full-color art throughout by the original artist, Peggy Fortnum.


About this book

A lonely toy bear on an otherwise empty shop shelf on Christmas Eve in 1956 first captured the attention of Michael Bond. Enamored, the BBC employee brought the stuffed bear home to his wife. They named the bear Paddington after the station near their home in London, and thus inspired, Bond began to write a few cute stories about the bear's adventures starting with A Bear Called Paddington in October 1958. The friendly bear with his old hat, battered suitcase, duffel coat and love of marmalade—has become a classic character from British children's literature and has become popular with American audiences as well. Learn more in our book collecting guide article, "Michael Bond - The Man Behind Paddington Bear."

Summary

In 1958, the story of a little bear found in London’s Paddington Station wearing the sign “Please look after this bear” was first published and has been beloved by children around the world ever since. At the time of its publication, one reviewer said, “It should be compulsory reading for all children from six to sixty.” This deluxe anniversary edition includes full-color art throughout by the original artist, Peggy Fortnum.

First Edition Identification

A Bear Called Paddington was first published in London by Collins in 1958 with a blue and white dust jacket. The first US edition was printed by Houghton Mifflin, Boston, in 1960, with a bright yellow dustwrapper with the title in various colors.  

Details

  • Title A Bear Called Paddington
  • Author Michael Bond; Peggy Fortnum (Illustrator)
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition Anv
  • Pages 142
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Houghton Mifflin, Boston, Massachusetts:
  • Date 2008-10-27
  • Illustrated Yes
  • ISBN 9780547133515 / 0547133510
  • Weight 1.4 lbs (0.64 kg)
  • Dimensions 10 x 7.6 x 0.7 in (25.40 x 19.30 x 1.78 cm)
  • Ages 10 to 12 years
  • Grade levels 5 - 7
  • Reading level 750
  • Library of Congress subjects Bears
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2009284916
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

Media reviews

June 11, 2008 The Washington Post

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