“A wise bear always keeps a marmalade sandwich in his hat in case of emergency”
Everyone's favourite bear, Paddington, was created by Michael Bond, who sadly died today aged 91. Stories about this unique bear - and The Tales of Olga da Polga- were a huge part of my childhood. Teachers read them to me, my parents read them to me and I read them myself. I watched them brought to life in those wonderful animated shorts. And I, in turn, read them to and watched them with my son.
“I’ll never be like other people, but that’s alright, because I’m a bear.”
In 2014, my family and I went to London for Christmas Eve and we found as many of the Paddington statues in the trail linked to the film as we could... and we were far from being alone. So many people were doing the same thing and it quickly became clear how important Paddington was to them!
In the book, 'The Life and Times of Paddington Bear' by Russell Ash, it says that the first ever review of a Paddington Bear book contained a statement...'it seems probable that Paddington will hold an honoured place in many families for years to come.' This is so true. Michael Bond's stories are full of humour and wise words which have enriched the lives of so many.
'A Bear Called Paddington' was first published on the 13th October 1958- next year will be the 60th anniversary of its publication. I hope there will be many celebrations in honour of this lovely bear- and the wonderful man who gave him life.