Wednesday, September 02, 2009

A Bear Called Paddington

A Bear Called Paddington
By Michael Bond
with drawings by Peggy Fortnum
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Published: October 2001
ISBN-13: 9780618150717
144 pages

Synopsis from the jacket: Mr and Mrs Brown first meet Paddington--a most endearing bear from Darkest Peru--on a railway platform in London. He is sitting on a battered suitcase wearing a most odd-looking hat and sign hanging around his neck that says, "Please look after this bear." So that is just what they do, little knowing that their lives will never be the same.

Page 3: The bear look at them inquiringly. "Can I help you?"

Genre: Children ages 9-12.

What led you to pick up this book? As a follow-up read from Paddington Takes to TV. I bought A Bear Called Paddington online at BookDepository.co.uk that offers free delivery worldwide.

Summary of plot minus spoilers: Please read the synopsis above.

What did you like most about the book? I loved how the Brown family found the bear in the Paddington train station and names him after the station. The tag found on Paddington is so cute: "Please look after this bear. Thank you." I loved how Mr Brown, Mrs Brown, the children Judy and Jonathan Brown, and their housekeeper Mrs Bird, love him and treat him like one of their own.

I particularly like Mrs Bird's reaction when she sees Paddington:
Then she stopped speaking and stared at Paddington. "Whatever have you got there?" she asked. "What is it?"

"It's not a what," said Judy. "It's a bear. His name's Paddington."

Paddington raised his hat.
Isn't Paddington a sweet bear and one with great manners?

What did you like least? Nothing that I could think of...

What did you think of the main character? It is so nice getting to know Paddington. He is such a lovable young bear, and one that talks, reads and writes! It seems he has a knack for getting into trouble but also always manages to get out of it. He has a good friend in Mr Gruber who is an antique shop owner and often consults with him.

What about the ending? I love how Paddington gets "inducted" into the Brown family and becomes a very close member.

Would you recommend this book? Yes

Should anyone NOT be encouraged to read it? Why? None that I could think of.

Would you read more Paddington books? For sure. I am so ready to move on to Paddington's other stories. All my orders from The Book Depository has arrived pending those from Christianbook.com.

Would you re-read the book? Yes

Related Post: Paddington Takes to TV