Saturday, October 13
The adventure is about to begin
Sometimes I wonder why the British love their bears so much.
Bears haven't existed in Great Britain since the 10th century, yet they have produced fictional literary bears such as Winnie the Pooh (1926) and Paddington Bear.
Paddington Bear (written by Michael Bond) first appeared on Oct. 13, 1958 and is now featured in 21 books, which have been translated into 30 languages and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.
Plus, his own moving picture in two years!
The polite migrant bear from darkest Peru, with his old hat, battered suitcase (complete with a secret compartment!), and duffle coat has become a classic character from English kidlit.
Paddington is always polite and well-meaning, although he inflicts hard stares on those who incur his disapproval.
He likes marmalade sandwiches and cocoa and has an endless capacity for getting into trouble.
I asked Paddington why the British love bears so much, but all I got was a hard stare.
Ahh, a bear after my own heart. I completely understand.