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

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But while it would be easy for Paddington to have become hopelessly dated, instead he seems to represent us at our best. He takes delight in the small things, he is always grateful, he gives everything his best shot, he is unfailingly polite. We bought it for a couple of friends for Christmas and I had a flick through to check the content was good enough! Despite Paddington and his duffle coat being quite so iconic, he has gone through quite considerable change. I recognised images that clearly accompanied stories from my son's own collection - I do understand why publishers felt the need to modernise.

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. 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. 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. From arriving in London and winning the hearts of the Brown family, to sharing elevenses with Mr Gruber and lending a paw around the neighbourhood, he always tries to do his very best for others… even if there are a few well-intentioned mishaps along the way!

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? In 1997 Michael Bond was awarded an OBE for services to children’s literature and this was followed by a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2015. Explore Paddington's unique and universal take on life in this very special collection of warm words about friendship, family, love, laughter . I must admit that Paddington Brown really does hold a special place in my heart so this book could not be more perfect.

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! He served in the Royal Air Force and the British Army before working as a cameraman for BBC TV for 19 years. This book is a sweet compilation of gentle thoughts and words to live by from the books, reminding us to be innocently wise and kind and well-intentioned just like Paddington Brown, even though the results may be mixed.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.

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