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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows kids a bit about life in London, talks bout Peru, where Paddington came from.
Keep calm and carry on. Be polite. Use your wits to get out of tough situations.
Positive Role Models
Nearly everyone in this book is kind, tolerant, and generous. Through no fault of his own, things are always happening to Paddington. But no matter how big the disaster, Paddington always comes out on top. Paddington and his adoptive London family display the classic British virtues of kindness, tolerance, and unflappability .
Products & Purchases
Some British department stores are mentioned.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Bear Called Paddington is a wonderful story about the adventures and mishaps of a polite bear found abandoned at a London train and taken in by a British family. This beloved classic, originally published in 1958, comes out of an earlier tradition in children's literature in which stories were gently humorous and comforting. The oversized 50th anniversary edition, published in 2008, includes the original illustrations, now in color, and a few that were left out of the original edition. The book was adapted for the 2015 film Paddington, which was followed by Paddington 2 in 2018.
Is It Any Good?
This is a lovely way to introduce a new generation to one of the classic children's book series of the 20th century. The oversized 50th anniversary edition includes the original illustrations, now in color, and a few that were left out of the original edition. This is a book from an earlier time, when the humor was gentle and books for children were expected to entertain and comfort.
These stories are perfect both for young readers making the move into chapter books, and for snuggling up in bed with an adult reading them out loud at bedtime. There's nothing here to disturb young dreams, and much in both text and simple pictures to make both reader and listener grin and giggle. In our hurried, violent world, these stories can carve out a little space for a child just to experience unalloyed pleasure.
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