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Feb092012

01:44:51 pm

Some Interesting Facts You May Not Know About The Famous Paddington Bear

The famous Paddington Bear character was found 54 years ago at the Paddington Station in London with a tag around his neck that simply read, “Please take care of this bear. Thank you”. The Brown family found the lost little teddy bear and named him Paddington after the train station. They adopted him immediately and took him home to live with them. The Browns have never been the same since they adopted the precocious Paddington Bear.

Paddington's Humble Beginnings

The original creator of the imaginative story of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, wrote the book, “A Bear Called Paddington,” in 1958 and it was awarded the best book of the year for children. Michael got his inspiration from a teddy bear sitting all alone in a London department store, where he was inside waiting for a storm to pass. He purchased the bear as a present for his wife and named the bear “Paddington” for the train station nearby.

Originally, Michael wanted Paddington to be born in Africa until the publishers pointed out that there are no bears in Africa, so Paddington's birthplace was changed to Peru. Paddington Bear ended up in London after his old Aunt Lucy became too old to care for the young bear properly and she sent him to London with the message around his neck hoping that someone would see the little bear and want to adopt him.

It was evident that even though fiction, Michael Bond patterned the Brown family a little bit after the Bond family. Padding bear was so popular that six more collections were written between the years 1968 and 1981. Pen and ink drawings were illustrated by artist Peggy Fortnum for a few of the books. Her artwork consisted of modeling Paddington after a Malayan bear in the London zoo.

Paddington Bear, a curious teddy bear, is what kept the books exciting for children. Of course Paddington soon found the busy city so different fro dark Peru. Most Londoners were surprised at the pure fascination for Paddington Bear. Fans all over the world are endeared to Paddington for the adorable way he observes life in general. He shows wisdom beyond his years because of the years he was raised by his matronly Aunt Lucy.

Paddington Bear stuffed teddy bears and other memorabilia became popular when he became the star of his TV series in 1972. In his stories he wears wellington boots, a blue coat, and a very floppy bush hat. Other fashionable garments were added to his wardrobe in later years. If you are lucky enough to have one of the original Paddington Bears, it is a collector's item.

More Facts About Paddington

  • He has two birthdays: June 25 and December 25.

  • He arrived in London by sailboat.

  • On June 25 Paddington turned 53 and on January 13, Michael Bond turned 85.

  • His uncle in Peru gave him the bush hat, and he is never without it.


A Beloved Celebrity

For over 52 years the movies, books, and TV shows have made Paddington the most beloved teddy bear. With over 35 million books, in 40 languages, both Michael and Paddington has done a great job. Who would have thought that bringing home a lonely little teddy bear named Paddington Bear would introduce a teddy bear to the world that children in 2011 still love and want to adopt to come live with them. And here is a great video with more information all about Paddington Bear and friends.

Looking for more great resources about Paddington Bear? Please drop by Teddy Bears Paradise at www.iloveyouletsmeet.com, it has everything Teddy Bear related and so much more, from free teddy bear patterns to teddy videos. It really is a Teddy Bears Paradise!

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