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Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear is a fictional character in children's literature. He appears in 11 books by Michael Bond.

Paddington is an anthropomorphised bear, and in the illustrations resembles a teddy bear rather than a real bear. He wears a duffle-coat and wellingtons.

Like Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest he was found on a railway station (Jack Worthing being found at Victoria) To be precise he is found at Paddington Station in London, coming from "darkest Peru" and with a note attached to his coat reading "please look after this bear, thank you". The Brown family takes him in and the stories follow Paddington's adventures and mishaps in England. He is notably fond of marmalade sandwiches. He is a clumsy bear and always get things wrong.

First published in 1958:

Street traders on the Peruvian shores of Lake Titicaca now offer tourists home-made finger-puppets of Paddington.