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Paddington

Paddington Bear first appeared in 1958 in the children’s book “A Bear Called Paddington'' and since has become an iconic character in British children’s literature, written by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. This lovable bear from Peru appears in his old hat, suitcase with secret hidden compartments and duffle coat! The origin of this adorable teddy bear began when this neglected and abandoned toy was tossed and left behind in a department store, only to be discovered by the author Michael Bond who was looking for a gift for his wife during the Christmas Eve of 1956; and since that day Bond began writing a story about this bear for fun, only for it unexpectedly gain popularity among children.

Paddington’s personality resembles a polite and kind-hearted human, always addressing people as “Mr” and “Mrs” and never by first names. Paddington’s charming charisma shows when he gets into trouble innocently constantly by mistake and trying his best to fix things! Paddington Bear has been adapted for advertisements, tv shows and movies which have won outstanding awards for. Fun fact: did you know when the Channel Tunnel was completed in 1994, Paddington Bear was chosen by the British Tunnellers as the first item to be passed through to the French people as a much-loved fictional character from Britain. Paddington Bear is ideal for young readers of ages 0-5 and ages 5-7.