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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Hope and Beep read “Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?”

“Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?” is written by Martin Waddell (1941- ) and illustrated by Barbara Firth. It’s a story about a little bear who cannot sleep because of the surrounding darkness. Big Bear helps alleviate Little Bear’s fears through various tactics until finally, Big Bear shows Little Bear a sight that brings solace to the little one. Then, the little bear falls asleep.

The story was published in 1988 by Harper & Row, New York and won the NestlĂ© Smarties Book Prize. Martin Waddell, an Irish writer, has written over 100 children’s books, and has won the acclaimed Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2004. He has also written under the pseudonym of Catherine Sefton.

The illustrator, Barbara Firth (1928-2013), a native a Cheshire, UK, illustrated the Little Bear series by Waddell and in 1988 was awarded the Library Association’s CILIP Award for her work in “Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?”.

This story,”Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?“, was Son 1’s favorite bedtime stories. Many a times, he and Beep (his teddybear) would cuddle up together to be read to and this was the preferred story for many years. I hope you enjoy it too. Beep has joined me for this reading and together, with love, we offer this story (and a little commentary). *CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO of Teddy Bear Tuck-In Time episode 103*

If you like this story, you can click on THIS LINK to purchase your copy of the story, “Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?”. (I will get a wee portion of the sale after which I donate to charity, buy crayons and give a wee treat to my insatiable sweet tooth)