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A Bear Called Paddington Hardcover – October 27, 2008

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From School Library Journal

Gr 2–5—The story featuring the marmalade-loving bear was first published in 1958 by William Collins & Son (now known as HarperCollins). The classic tale begins when a bear from Peru winds up in London's Paddington Station and is subsequently adopted by the Brown family (humans from the Notting Hill area). Unfailingly polite and affecting a rather shabby charm—accomplished in no small part by Peggy Fortnum's delightful line drawings—Paddington went on to have dozens of adventures over the years, spawning more than 50 titles translated into over 30 languages. A Bear Called Paddington covers the initial discovery of the bear at the train station and his first few days acclimating to life with the Browns as well as numerous episodic chapters filled with humorous mishaps. More About Paddington continues on a similar theme and includes episodes of the bubbling bear attempting to help with interior decorating, assisting at a bonfire party, and celebrating his first Christmas. With a major motion picture coming out in January 2015, a whole new generation of young readers will be introduced to the well-meaning, but ever accident-prone, bear. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Anv edition (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547133510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547133515
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Hoins on November 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most delightful children's books ever. I listened to my mom (Ann)read the Paddington books to my younger brother and was hooked. When I was younger, I remember my mom telling me about the bear on tv who liked marmalade but was never interested in him until I heard the stories. The stories often ended in tears- we would laugh so much. Well, I guess this is less of a review than it is a recommendation. With all of the worthless children's literature out there, this one stands out.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Classic story of Paddington the Bear who comes to live with the Brown family in London. Most children know the stuffed animal but haven't heard the escapades. This issus is a welcome addition to children's libraries. Very good, humorous, fun animals, with good black and white illustrations. Recommended for K through the 4th grade students.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stella DeBarros on November 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
My daughter read this book for school and truly enjoyed it. Although only 8 and there were some challenging words and concepts, she was enamored with Paddington and all his silly antics. Now the stuffed animal has better meaning for all of us at home.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 1998
Format: Turtleback
I haven't read "A Bear called Paddington" since I was a kid. I love this book! Paddington reminds me of childhood and what it's supposed to be about. Paddington definitely gets into a LOT of trouble, but he's so adorable and innocent, that his trouble is more like an adventure. I like the fact that the Browns love him for who he is, trouble and all. He's just too loveable to kick out of the house!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Winnie the Pooh and friends have been perfectly fine as characters in the kids' early picture books. Calm, cheerful, mildly message driven, and with just the right touch of silliness and adventure. But, they can only carry you so far.

Enter Paddington. A very similar vibe, but more advanced character, story, vocabulary and concept. And how many early reader/read-to/read-with books can you call charming and droll? And never dopey, (and I mean you, Amelia Bedelia), or cranky or precociously rude.

Now sometimes we want silliness or adventure or broad jokes or fantasy, but for some of the quieter times, this really does have an honored place.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Hancock on October 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
We LOVE this CD set! I bought it 2 years ago for my daughter to listen to for naps and bedtime, and now at age 5 she's STILL asking for it every night.

I like the fact that both CDs are over an hour long, she likes that there are several stories on each CD to keep her attention. The plots aren't too complicated for her to follow, but they do force her to pay attention and focus on the cd, which is key for naptime. :) Stephen Fry's voice is wonderfully soothing to listen to, and he does a great job of distinguishing between the various characters -- key for books on CD!

As she's gotten older Caroline has begun to appreciate some of the silliness that is Paddington, but the stories are nicely entertaining even without that element. We parents don't mind listening to Paddington in the car when we're on trips. All in all, I say this CD set is well worth this money, it's one that will really grow with you!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laudine Fuld on February 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
He is so clumsy, that anyone will laugh. I read all of the Paddington books I could find as a kid, and I read them again as I got older. And I would read them again, and again and again. This is a very good reason to have kids, so you can buy this book. Too bad he has become some sort of commercial bear, he is much greater as a little clumsy bear trying to please all the people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Powell on May 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Michael Bond created that wonderful addition to our world called Paddington. The fact that Paddington is a bear, a little bear, a loveably naughty little bear, makes us love him even more. Imagine finding a forlorn little bear in the Lost Property Office with a little sign asking you to "Please Look After This Bear. Thank You." What would you do?

The Brown's did not debate long in deciding to take Paddington with them to number thirty-two, Windsor Gardens, their home in London. Between mouthfuls of sweet marmalade and amazing adventures we follow Paddington through the London underground, in and out of shopping districts, all the way to the sea shore. Where ever this little bear goes, delightful trouble seems to follow him and leave us laughing and smiling and wishing we had a "Paddington" in our lives.

A delightful book for children of all ages (even grey-haired ones!)
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