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August 11, 2017


This is a long overdue post about Paddington Bear. I read a New York Times article in late June that the creator of well-loved book character, Paddington Bear, Micheal Bond died. I suddenly remembered reading Paddington Bear books as a kid and how much I loved him. I loved him so much that I had to include his character in my nephew’s first birthday party that had a children’s books theme that I styled.

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In the New York Times article, it was interesting to find out that the adventures of Paddington Bear began on Christmas Eve 1956 when Mr. Bond was a BBC TV camera operator. On his way home, he stopped by Selfridges department store and spotted a toy bear alone in a shelf. He took the bear home as a stocking stuffer for his wife.  He then began writing a story about the bear. After 10 days, he had completed a novel which was bought William Collins & Sons for £75.

Here’s one of the many adventure of Paddington Bear, A Visit to the Doctor:

Video credit: JPeJ2 Youtube

Paddington Bear had partly been inspired by Mr. Bond’s memories of child evacuees passing through Reading from London.  hey all had a label around their neck with their name and address on and a little case containing their treasured possessions.

Why do I love Paddington Bear? He’s friendly, always polite, and always tries to do the right thing (but he still gets into a mess too!).  He’s also a very curious bear and isn’t afraid to speak his mind. There is something so upright about him according to Mr. Bond.

For now, I’m looking forward to the sequel of the Paddington Bear movie coming out later this year.  Here’s a look at the trailer.

Video credit: StudiocanalUK Youtube

Thank you, Micheal Bond, for adding color to my childhood.


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