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Paddington Bear Toys and Gifts

About Paddington Bear:

Paddington Bear first appeared on 13th October 1958, and has since appeared in more than 20 books written by Michael Bond.

Micheal Bond based Paddington Bear on a lone teddy bear, which he noticed on a shelf in a London store near Paddington Station on Christmas Eve 1956, which he bought as a present for his wife. The bear inspired Bond to write a story, and in 10 days he had written the first book. The book was given to his agent, Harvey Unna. A Bear Called Paddington was first published on 13 October 1958 by William Collins & Sons.

In the first story, Paddington is found at Paddington Station by the Brown family, sitting on his suitcase (bearing the label "Wanted On Voyage") with a note attached to his coat which reads "Please look after this bear. Thank you." 

Paddington arrives as a stowaway coming from "Darkest Peru", sent by his Aunt Lucy (one of his only known relatives aside from an Uncle Pastuzo who gave Paddington his hat) who has gone to live in the Home for Retired Bears in Lima. He claims, "I came all the way in a lifeboat, and ate marmalade. Bears like marmalade." He tells them that no one can understand his Peruvian name, so the Browns decide to call him Paddington after the railway station in which he was found. Paddington's Peruvian name is ultimately revealed to be "Pastuso" (not to be confused with his "Uncle Pastuzo"). 

They take him home to 32 Windsor Gardens. Paddington frequents the nearby Portobello Road markets, where he is respected by the shopkeepers for driving a very hard bargain. When he gets annoyed with someone, he often gives them one of his special "hard stares" (taught to him by Aunt Lucy), which causes the person to become flushed and embarrassed.

The stories follow Paddington's adventures and mishaps in England, along with some snippets of information about his past. For instance, in one story we learn that Paddington was orphaned in an earthquake, before being taken in and raised by his Aunt Lucy.

Paddington Bear Toys and Gifts

Rutland Bears and Gifts supply a wide range of Paddington Toys and Gifts, licensed to Rainbow Designs, all available to buy online.

From Baby's first Paddington  Classic My First Paddington Bear Baby Soft ToyClassic My First Paddington Bear Hand Puppet Baby Soft ToyMy First Paddington Bear Wooden Number Peg Puzzle to Collectors Bears Limited Edition Collectors Paddington Jointed Bear Soft Toy BoxedLarge Traditional 46cm Paddington Bear Blue Coat/Red Hat & Boots Soft Toy.

For our full range of Paddington Bear soft toys and gifts please see the link below.

Paddington Bear Toys and Gifts