Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Friday, May 21, 2010


More than once, I have been reminded of another furry friend when our Yorkshire Terrier, Sebastian, stares up at me with his bright, black eyes. Took me forever to figure out exactly who he was reminding me of - that is, until last night...

We had just finished dinner and were still sitting at the kitchen table when Sebastian popped his little head up over the back of the couch (about ten feet away from us) to see what we were up to. And it came to me: he's Paddington Bear!!!!

So today I've decided to tell you about the fun Paddington Bear books by Michael Bond...

The series starts with A BEAR CALLED PADDINGTON, as the Brown family finds a new friend in a London train station. He has a tag around his neck that says, "Please look after this Bear." They take him home and the adventures begin! Paddington - like Sebastian - is constantly getting into mischief. But he always makes friends along the way with his innocent and sweet personality.
A Bear Called Paddington
Paddington Bear has charmed readers with his fun misadventures and love of marmalade since 1958. The original series consists of 11 chapter books for ages 7 and up. (Many new shorter stories have been written as board books for little ones, but for the true charm of the stories, make sure you try the originals when your children are old enough to pay attention to chapter books.)

Go to http://www.paddingtonbear.com/, the Official Paddington Bear Website, for a list of all the books and some fun activities for kids.

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