Do you ever feel like you missed out on certain books when you were a kid? A Bear Called Paddington is a book I would have loved as a child, but didn’t read until a couple weeks ago.
I read it to my kids at bedtime, and while they both enjoyed it, I found that my seven year old got much more out of it than my five year old. They got out their plastic tea set and had a tea party every night while I read it to them.
While Paddington proves to be a humorous and delightful tale for children, the pace is often slow and the comprehension level is for kids a little older than mine are. They had a great time laughing at Paddington’s antics, however. They especially liked the beginning when the Browns first find Paddington, his attempt at taking a bath, and his birthday party when he does a bunch of disappearing tricks.
For my part, I found it charming. I’ve always loved classic stories and this was no exception. I think kids that are a little older will appreciate it more (age 9+), but it’s a great addition to any child’s library.
About the Book:
- Age Range: 8 – 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 – 7
- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (July 22, 2014)
Paddington Bear had traveled all the way from Peru when the Browns first met him in Paddington Station. Since then, their lives have never been quite the same . . . for ordinary things become extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.
First published in 1958, A Bear Called Paddington is the first novel by Michael Bond, chronicling the adventures of this lovable bear. Paddington has charmed readers for generations with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. This brand-new paper-over-board edition of the classic novel contains the original text by Michael Bond and illustrations by Peggy Fortnum.