Episode 107: Little Fur Family

“Little Fur Family”, written by Margaret Wise Brown ( and illustrated by Garth Williams was published in 1946. It follows a little fur child throughout the day and all the sights and sounds he encounters. This is Brown & Williams’ first collaboration. The original book had rabbit fur wrapped all around. But most covers of the books after that only had a patch of fur on the child’s body for the reader to pat.

Garth Williams (1912-1996) was an American artist who is best known for his illustrations of children’s books. He believed books given or read to children can have a profound influence, therefore he used his illustrations to “awaken something of importance… humor, responsibility, respect of others, interest in the world at large”. [New York Times]

I think you’ll like Little Fur Family and the illustrations of Garth Williams as I read it to you.

Please click “HERE” to hear me read Little Fur Family.

Episode 105: “Paddington’s Garden”

“Paddington’s Garden”, published in 1972, written by Michael Bond and illustrated by Fred Banbery is my 5th book to read on Teddy Bear Tuck-In Time on my YouToob channel. I love Paddington and the Brown family. They have many adventures living life in London. It’s never boring at their house and this story is no exception. Creating a garden is hard work that can give others joy, and that’s what Paddington learns in this story.

The British author Michael Bond (1926-2017) is best known for his children’s series Paddington Bear. Did you know that originally Mr. Bond wanted Paddington to “have travelled from deepest Africa“? His agent suggested changing that since no bears live in Africa. So Mr. Bond chose Peru, the home of the Spectacled Bear! Here’s a photo of one:

The Spectacled Bear from Peru – what Paddington Bear is. (photo from National Geographic)

Fred Banbery (1913-1999) was a draughtsman/illustrator/cartoonist and is most famous for the illustrated (1970’s) Paddington Bear Picture Books adapted from the children’s “Paddington” stories Michael Bond wrote.

If you would like to purchase this book, you can CLICK HERE. I will make a small amount of change if you do. I will donate a portion to charity, put a little toward a new book and a tasty treat to satisfy my insatiable sweet tooth.

A couple of favorite Paddington quotes: “I’ll never be like other people, but that’s alright because I’m a bear“, and “Things are always happening to me. I’m that sort of bear”.

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