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Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear is a fictional character in children's literature. He appears in 11 books by Michael Bond[?].

Paddington is an anthropomorphised bear, and in the illustrations resembles a teddy bear rather than a real bear. He first appears, quite lost at Paddington Station in London, coming from "darkest Peru" and with a note attached to his duffel-coat reading "please look after this bear". The Brown family takes him in and the stories follow Paddington's adventures and mishaps in England. He is notably fond of marmalade sandwiches.

First published in 1958:

  • 11 novels, 2 collections of short stories
  • many appearances in picture books & other publications
  • merchandise (such as stationery aimed at the school market).
  • televised by the BBC and produced by Michael Bond. (This was a mixture of stop-motion puppetry and 2-dimensional background animation. Animator Ivor Wood also worked on The Magic Roundabout and Postman Pat.)


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