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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The Runaway Bunny

“The Runaway Bunny” is written by Margaret Wise Brown. It was originally published in 1942. The Runaway Bunny has never has been in print continuously since it was first published. Interestingly, the book appears in Wise’s “Goodnight Moon” (perhaps a first of it’s kind “Easter Egg” as nerds like to call that sort of thing). The book is seen in the nursery.

Here is the link to the YouTube video TEDDY BEAR TUCK-IN TIME episode 102.

If you’d like to purchase a copy of this children’s classic (as every home library should have a copy), you can click here (I get a wee proceed from the sale of this book and I then donate part to charity, give myself a wee bit to purchase a book to read and also allow my sweet tooth a sweet treat).