50th anniversary gift set edition of the classic Paddington picture book and specially made Paddington plush toy!Paddington Bear first met the Brown family at a railway station - Paddington station, in fact. He had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru with only a jar of marmalade, a suitcase and a label reading `Please look after this bear'. Without further ado, Mr and Mrs Brown promptly welcomed the adventurous bear into their family, and in honour of their meeting place they named him Paddington.The Browns soon discover that Paddington is a most unusual bear. Ordinary things - like having a bath - become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is around!To celebrate fifty years of Britain's best loved bear, we are delighted to publish a luxury book and toy gift set of the first classic picture book story and a collectors' edition Paddington plush bear.
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Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire in 1926 and educated at Presentation College, Reading. He served in the Royal Air Force and the British Army before working as a cameraman for BBC TV for 19 years. In 1997 he was awarded an OBE for his services to children's literature.Review:
Praise for the Paddington series:'I've always had great respect for Paddington...He is a British institution.' Stephen Fry'Paddington has joined Pooh as one of the great bears of English children's literature.' The Teacher'Michael Bond's accident-prone bear...has become one of the most enduring of children's characters.' The Bookseller
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