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How to Be More Paddington: A Book of Kindness: The perfect gift for fans of Paddington

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How to Be More Paddington is more celebration of this fantastic character's warmth than sincere self-help but it is incredibly special nonetheless. Over the past few years of seeking out Paddington stories for my own child, I have found the newer R W Alley illustrations strangely jarring - this is not the bear that I grew up with. From arriving in London and winning the hearts of the Brown family, to sharing elevenses with Mr Gruber and lending a paw around the neighbourhood, he always tries to do his very best for others… even if there are a few well-intentioned mishaps along the way! A collection of Paddington’s thoughts, other people’s comments about him, and general words of wisdom from our favourite Peruvian bear. Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire on 13 January 1926 and educated at Presentation College, Reading.

Tiny books of potted quotes from various pieces of classic literature are ten a penny, particularly if the characters originate from the Hundred Acre Wood. During World War II Michael Bond served in both the Royal Air Force and the Middlesex Regiment of the British Army. This will be what I turn to when in need of cheering up, or in need of comfort, and who else to provide this but Paddington himself?

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I felt teary as I read the lovely words and remembered again why I have loved this little bear for over thirty years. From winning the hearts of the Brown family, to sharing elevenses with Mr Gruber and lending a paw around the neighbourhood, Paddington always tries to do his very best for others…even if there are a few well-intentioned mishaps along the way! Explore Paddington's unique and universal take on life in this very special collection of warm words about friendship, family, love, laughter . The illustrations of Peggy Fortnum are charming and took me right back to my first encounter with the illustrious ursine fifty years ago.Biography: Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire on 13 January 1926 and educated at Presentation College, Reading. In 2015, Michael was awarded a CBE for his services to children's literature, to add to the OBE he received in 1997. He takes delight in the small things, he is always grateful, he gives everything his best shot, he is unfailingly polite.

Explore Paddington’s unique and universal take on life in this very special collection of warm words about friendship, family, love, laughter … and everything in between. He was the creator of Paddington Bear and wrote about the adventures of a guinea pig named Olga da Polga, as well as the animated BBC TV series The Herbs. Despite Paddington and his duffle coat being quite so iconic, he has gone through quite considerable change. The one aspect that I wish that the book had captured was the way that Paddington also stands up for himself.Now you can learn life lessons from the much-loved bear from Darkest Peru, in this uplifting collection of quotations from the enduringly popular books by Michael Bond, with beautiful illustrations by the original Paddington illustrator, Peggy Fortnum. This lovely hardback book all about the adorable paddington bear is wonderful, the pictures some in colour some just sketches and little phrases and sayings from the sweet bear himself little words of wisdom, I highly recommend this book for all paddington fans!

I have gathered up postcard images of some of my favourite Fortnum illustrations but it is wonderful to finally have them in one place. My son has a 'My First Paddington' gifted by some lovely friends and a Paddington car seat toy which he has found variously amusing and terrifying. He served in the Royal Air Force and the British Army before working as a cameraman for BBC TV for 19 years.This book is a sweet compilation of gentle thoughts and words to live by from the books, reminding us to be innocently wise and kind and well-intentioned just like Paddington Brown, even though the results may be mixed. In 2015, Michael was awarded a CBE for his services to children’s literature, to add to the OBE he received in 1997. But while it would be easy for Paddington to have become hopelessly dated, instead he seems to represent us at our best.

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