Paddington Bear

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Literature is a wonderful way to escape reality and concentrate in tales of fiction or nonfiction. Written works like Paddington Bear amongst others, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit stand for success.

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond, died at 92 years old in 2017. His memory as a dedicated writer of children’s literature for 60 years won’t be forgotten for a long time. He brought us the first image of the memorable bear in his 1958 book, A Bear Called Paddington.


There are a couple of interesting things not all readers know. The bear is named after a London train station called Paddington. Bond was on his way home on Christmas Eve in 1956 when he spotted a toy bear in a shop and decided to give it as a gift to his wife. Later he came up with a story idea of an unaccompanied bear turning up at a train station looking for a home.


Another is that he considered suing a couple called Eddie and Shirley Clarkson for selling a resembling bear in the 1960s. After approaching his solicitor with the idea to sue them he later changed his mind because he became friends with the couple in a lift and decided instead, to give them license to sell the bear.


To keep you in the loop, the Paddington Bear book series is a long-running series of children's books and fiction novels which comprise of a total of 28 books originally released between 1958 and 2017.


Written by Carl Boniface


Vocabulary builder:

Keep in the loop (idiom) = To keep someone informed about and/or involved in something, such as a plan or project, especially that which involves or pertains to a specific group. “We've hired a new intern to help with data entry that needs to be kept in the loop about the project.”

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