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How to Be More Paddington: A Book of Kindness: The perfect gift for fans of Paddington

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Biography: Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire on 13 January 1926 and educated at Presentation College, Reading. He could have learnt a great deal from Paddington with his kindness, humility and high moral standards. Over the past few years of seeking out Paddington stories for my own child, I have found the newer R W Alley illustrations strangely jarring - this is not the bear that I grew up with. During World War II Michael Bond served in both the Royal Air Force and the Middlesex Regiment of the British Army. How To Be More Paddington: A Book Of Kindness by Michael Bond is a perfect book for anyone of any age who loves Paddington – and who can resist that little face?

Both pictures and words could be used as starting points for chatting with young children about the importance of being kind, just like Paddington. My son has a 'My First Paddington' gifted by some lovely friends and a Paddington car seat toy which he has found variously amusing and terrifying. Explore Paddington's unique and universal take on life in this very special collection of warm words about friendship, family, love, laughter . Despite Paddington and his duffle coat being quite so iconic, he has gone through quite considerable change.It had been a lot of hard work but he was glad it had all been worthwhile—even if there was a lot of mess to clear up. He served in the Royal Air Force and the British Army before working as a cameraman for BBC TV for 19 years. I have read this by myself and also with my two year old; it is a gift to the both of us and one to be treasured always. I have gathered up postcard images of some of my favourite Fortnum illustrations but it is wonderful to finally have them in one place.

In 2015, Michael was awarded a CBE for his services to children's literature, to add to the OBE he received in 1997. From winning the hearts of the Brown family, to sharing elevenses with Mr Gruber and lending a paw around the neighbourhood, Paddington always tries to do his very best for others…even if there are a few well-intentioned mishaps along the way!I recognised images that clearly accompanied stories from my son's own collection - I do understand why publishers felt the need to modernise. Confronted by a problem, I often find myself wondering how he would deal with it, and mentally take note of his advice. But while it would be easy for Paddington to have become hopelessly dated, instead he seems to represent us at our best. To quote Bond further, 'Although [Paddington's] head is often in the clouds, he has his feet firmly on the ground and he has a strong sense of right and wrong. This is an extremely minor point though and I can understand why this aspect of his character would be trickier to include in a book that is just a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day.

She graduated from the Central School of Art in London after the war interrupted her studies at Tunbridge Wells Art School, then worked as an art teacher, painter and textile designer before becoming a full-time book illustrator.How to Be More Paddington is more celebration of this fantastic character's warmth than sincere self-help but it is incredibly special nonetheless. Bond also wrote culinary mystery stories for adults featuring Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites.

Now you can learn life lessons from the much-loved bear from Darkest Peru, in this uplifting collection of quotations from the enduringly popular books by Michael Bond, with beautiful illustrations by the original Paddington illustrator, Peggy Fortnum. This will be what I turn to when in need of cheering up, or in need of comfort, and who else to provide this but Paddington himself? The illustrations of Peggy Fortnum are charming and took me right back to my first encounter with the illustrious ursine fifty years ago.Tiny books of potted quotes from various pieces of classic literature are ten a penny, particularly if the characters originate from the Hundred Acre Wood. I felt teary as I read the lovely words and remembered again why I have loved this little bear for over thirty years. Explore Paddington’s unique and universal take on life in this very special collection of warm words about friendship, family, love, laughter … and everything in between. Featuring the wonderful words of Michael Bond and beautifully illustrated by Peggy Fortnum, every page contains an uplifting message or lesson that everybody could do well to learn from.

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