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paddington at work by michael bond with drawings by peggy fortnum

Paddington at Work by Michael Bond ; with drawings by Peggy Fortnum


Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 1966. Second printing. Stated. Hardcover. 127 pages ; illustrated ; 22 cm. $3.75 dust jacket with minimal wear. Orange cover boards with black title at spine. Gift inscription on flyleaf. Previous pencil indentation on page 14 and 52. Pages are clean and binding is firm.

by Michael Bond illustrated by Peggy Fortnum

Here he is once more: a familiar sight by now in his floppy wide-brimmed hat, his duffle coat, and leaving in his wake that inevitable trail of marmalade to remind us all that Paddington is back. He has just returned from a visit to darkest Peru where he went to celebrate his Aunt Lucy's birthday at the Home for Retired Bears, and past experience ought to have been enough to warn the Browns that, at 32 Windsor Gardens anyway, the peacefulness of the last few weeks is now a thing of the past. Certainly, Mrs. Brown's exclamation a few days later that they haven't had "a single disaster since he came back from Peru, not one!" proves somewhat premature. For trouble, as well as marmalade, seems to follow Paddington wherever he goes, no matter how helpful he tries to be.

Now that he's back he wastes no time in getting down to business — of a serious bear nature. He dabbles a bit in the stock market, takes a stab at barbering, and even has a fling at ballet dancing where at last he becomes something of a success in his own imperturbable fashion. But the promise of international fame doesn't turn this bear's head, not for long at least. At the thought of "all those exercises," and "all that leaping about," he finally decides, and indeed readers will agree, that it's far better to be simply a bear called Paddington.

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