For the Love of Children’s Classics: A Bear Called Paddington

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.

Content: clean

Source: Bought

4 STARS

About the Book:

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (July 22, 2014)

Synopsis:

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.

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  1. I read most of the Paddington stories as a child but haven't seen the film yet. One of my most prized possessions is a Paddington picture book signed by author Michael Bond.

  2. I read all the books as a child. I squirmed a bit between liking them and being uncomfortable with all the mistakes he made. That probably says more about me than about the books! (I was very uncomfortable with The Cat in the Hat, too).

  3. I never knew about Paddington growing up. The movie version doesn't look like something I would like because it uses a lot of gross humor. Is the book like that as well?

  4. We did the audio Cd on Paddington bear and fell in love with the book. The movie version isn't the same of course, but we are hooked! Will be reading more from the series now Thanks for joining us on KLBH this week.

  5. I've never read Paddington. I'm glad I read your review because just looking at the pictures (and the title) makes me think it is for younger kids, but I'll hold off getting it for my daughter until she's older. Stopping by from the Kid Lit Blog Hop.