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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Episode 104 of Teddy Bear Tuck-In Time: “My Bear and Me”

My Bear and Me” by Barbara Maitland and pictures by Lisa Flather (published by Magaret K. McElderberry Books in 1999) is a book I have recently discovered. I love the childlike truth of the story as well as how the simple illustrations depict the story. It’s written in large print too, so it is helpful for beginner readers. It’s a short story about a girl and her teddy bear having fun throughout the day (very much like my Elle and I). WATCH ME READ NOW.

Barbara Maitland is a children’s book author best known for her Bookstore Series, a series of books written for early readers. She has many books published for early childhood readers. Lisa Flather is an author and illustrator. She has a book “10 Silly Dogs – a Countdown Book” that she both authored and illustrated.

If you would like to purchase the book “My Bear and Me“, you can click HERE. (by using that link, I get a wee portion of $, which I will use to donate to charity, help purchase a book to read and purchase a crumb of something tasty to satisfy my sweet tooth)