With the immortal words, “Please Look After This Bear,” A Bear Called Paddington begins the tale of… well, a bear called Paddington.
For those of you who don’t know, Paddington is a stowaway from Peru. He has made his way to London because his Aunt Lucy had to go to the home for retired bears in Lima, and she wants him to have a better life. He is a very friendly and polite bear with a strong sense of right and wrong. He also likes marmalade. A lot.
Luckily for Paddington, he is discovered by the Brown family at Paddington station in London (which is the reason he has such an unusual name). Despite Mr. Brown’s concerns, they take Paddington under their wing, and he soon becomes one of the family.
There are a total of eleven Paddington books of which I am aware, and they are all marvelous, but I have a particular fondness for the first one. Crazy adventures surround Paddington’s first bath, his first trip on the London Underground (subway), his first time in a department store, his first outing to the seaside… everyday activities seen through the curious, innocent and often misunderstanding eyes of a bear from Peru. A Bear Called Paddington is funny, silly, filled with kindness and is one of my favorite books.