Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Paddington Bear has been a beloved character in children's literature for over 50 years. He was created by Michael Bond and first appeared in print in the United Kingdom in 1958. Bond was inspired to write the Paddington books by a toy bear he bought his wife for Christmas. The first book to feature the British bear was A Bear Called Paddington , in which Paddington is discovered at a London railway station by the Brown family. A stowaway from Darkest Peru, without identification or a place to go, the bear is adopted by the Browns, who name him Paddington after the station. After taking up residence at 32 Windsor Gardens, Paddington has many adventures while learning to be part ...