Rosanne Tolin

Kidlit Author

Inspiring Young Readers, One Page at a Time.

More than Marmalade, Michael Bond and the story of Paddington Bear by author Rosanne Tolin

More Than Marmalade

Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear

Author Michael Bond’s beloved storybook icon was inspired by refugee children escaping war.

Michael Bond always felt lucky to grow up in a home full of books. He was also fortunate to have been part of a family loving enough to take in two boys who fled from danger at the outbreak of World War II.

Bond’s response to the plight of refugees and his compassion for immigrants shaped his outlook. They also shaped the manuscript he dashed off in only ten days!

The story he hadn’t much intended to write, A Bear Called Paddington, was about a little bear who tried very hard to do things right. Just like the immigrants and refugees Bond saw all around him, Paddington had to build a new home in a strange place. The character touched readers worldwide and, after a dark couple of years when Bond slid into depression, saved the author who had created him.

Bear Facts and Puzzle Fun
Paddington Bear is a celebrity! You can read all about how he got his start in a book written by Rosanne Tolin called MORE THAN MARMALADE: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear.

Find out what inspired Michael Bond to create Paddington. Michael took him everywhere he went!

Paddington Word Search

Paddington Fun

Paddington Maze

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Bear Code Puzzle

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All About Andean Bears

Code Pad Puzzle

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Criss-Cross Puzzle

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