A Bear Called Paddington
by Michael Bond
Recommended reading age: 6-10 years
Lexile measure: 750L
Why we recommended
Written in a whimsical, positive tone and accompanied by illustrations, Paddington is suitable both for independent reading by beginner readers as well as to be read out loud to younger children. The book integrates more advanced vocabulary into a simple plotline, enabling new readers to easily understand the meaning of any new words they encounter. In this way, Paddington is an excellent book for expanding readers’ vocabulary. The short chapters and entertaining stories are also fantastic at capturing the attention of those who have just started reading chapter books.
The subtle humor and lighthearted stories promote a positive, accepting outlook on life. Paddington’s friendly and polite nature outweighs his silly mistakes and the accidental trouble he causes, making him a great realistic role model for young children. Furthermore, although a bear is often seen as a frightening creature, Paddington is a lovable, kind and relatable character who is treated warmly by the family that adopts him and the various other characters he encounters. In this way Michael Bond encourages children to see the good in everyone and treat them with love and acceptance.
Finally, the book allows children to see the world around them from a different perspective. As Paddington struggles to use a bathtub, wonders how to eat breakfast and battles with an escalator, readers are invited to reflect on the things we take for granted and approach their environment with fresh eyes.
Questions and activities for readers
adapted from Growing Book by Book
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The article is written by Noa Shmueli
Graduated from Taipei European School, Noa is now majoring in English at Columbia University and Trinity College Dublin. An avid reader and writer, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the TES student magazine, PEAK, and have been editing textbooks and essays since 2016.
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