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29 June 2017 - Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dies at 91

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies
(BBC News, 29/06/2017)

Michael Bond, the creator of beloved children's character Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91.

He died at his home on Tuesday following a short illness, a statement from his publisher Harper Collins said.

Bond published his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, in 1958.

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Kindness
 
Michael Bond and Paddington offered lessons in kindness for today
Michael Morpurgo (The Guardian, 28/06/2017)
 
Paddington has been the Winnie-the-Pooh of our generation. There have been other iconic bears over the generations, but those two stand side by side, one in Ashdown Forest and the other at Paddington station. For those who were born in the later 20th century, Paddington is the one that they remember. And what’s wonderful about it is that it’s rather strange to have a bear who is so elegant in his speech, so polite and kind, yet who unleashes such chaos. That’s what children respond to.
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But he’s not just a charming bear. It’s more than that. I think he reflects the best of us: we all get into scrapes, and through his innocence and kindness he relates to everyone – adults as well as children.

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Salutary Fable

Paddington Bear, Refugee
Rebecca Mead (The New Yorker, 29/06/2017)

Long before J. K. Rowling’s exhilarating invention, twenty years ago, of Platform Nine and Three-Quarters—the location at King’s Cross station where students bound for Hogwarts depart by marching full tilt at a wall—another children’s author had imbued another major London railway station with perpetual magic. When Michael Bond, a BBC cameraman and part-time writer, conceived of a story, in the late nineteen-fifties, in which a small bear from South America arrived in London, he chose Paddington Station as the place where the creature would be found, and thence adopted, by an English family, the Browns. Paddington Station—which connects Wales and western England with London—is named for the area of London where it is situated, a settlement dating back more than a thousand years. The precise etymology of the place name Paddington is obscure, though it most likely is of Anglo-Saxon origin, referring to a geographical area ruled by a now-forgotten chief named Padda. The name now belongs, of course, to Paddington Bear, the enduring and beloved creation of Bond, who died this week at the age of ninety-one.

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Obituary

Michael Bond, obituary: author and creator of Paddington Bear
Nicholas Tucker (The Independent, 29/06/2017)
 
Creator of the famous character Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, who has died aged 91, made full use of the fame and fortune he never suspected would come his way. Author of over 150 books for children and adults, some translated into 40 languages, his unaffected prose style coupled with frequent jokes made him an immediate favourite particularly with very young readers. The high-grossing film Paddington, released in 2014 with a starry cast and in which the author appears briefly as an onlooker, extended his fame to the larger screen following many years of successful story adaptations for children’s television.

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Last update June 30, 2017
Créé le June 29, 2017
ISSN 2107-7029
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