Monday, October 13, 2008

He Wanted a Home...We Gave Him Our Hearts

The Endearing Bear from Darkest Peru

As Google will show you, today is the 50th Anniversary of the release of the first book about Paddington Bear. Another one of the literary legends to come out of London.
His creator, Michael Bond, is still with us and in fact just released a new Paddington adventure Paddington Here and Now.

I remember reading at least one of the Paddington Books as a kid. I probably read them all. I had a box set. But I do know he'd been one of my favorite stuffed animals at the very least. Mine even had the rain boots.

Look in the back left of this picture of the bronze statue in Paddington Station. It's a sad sign of the times, no? Well, at least a mythological character is their logo, so maybe it's not such an invasion. Maybe it's a testament to this adorable little critter that he has endured to see such a sign.

So, bravo, Michael Bond. Thanks for one of the cutest bears we know!

*I apologize for the overly sappy title of this post.


Jen said...

I'm not sure what you mean. I think it's entirely appropriate to have a statue of Paddington Bear at Paddington Station--since according to the story, he was found by the Brown family at Paddington Station, and that's how he got his name. If seeing that statue makes a new generation of children wonder why it is there, and thus read the books, then great!

Peter said...

Jen - Look harder. :) The statue is fine...wonderful even. But it's just a shame the COMPANY had to be in the shot. ;)

Jen said...

Oh, I see what you're talking about. I must be desensitized--living in SoCal means that any spot more than 50 yards away from a Starbucks isn't on dry land. Also, having been in many Tube stations, I can tell you that there is nothing sacred about them, and in the bigger ones there are many vendors of every stripe.