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Living Paintings

A History of the Teddy Bear

Suitable for: Adults

This collection is a wonderfully fun compendium of teddy bears through history. Each has an interesting story to tell from rags to riches, royal associations, stars of film and TV, and of course a reassuring childhood friend. Music, poetry and extracts from novels add to the entertainment.

Listen to an audio clip

Michael Bond's story of Paddington Bear has struck many chords with its readers down the years. For it's the tale of a bear orphaned by an earthquake and brought up by his Aunt Lucy. When she feels it's time to go to the Home for Retired Bears in Lima, she arranges for Paddington to stow away on a boat bound for England. He arrives at Paddington Station and sits forlornly by the left luggage office with a label round his neck which reads 'PLEASE LOOK AFTER THIS BEAR. THANK YOU.' It is then the Brown family who take him home. And so begins a famous story which has spoken to generations of readers, who recognise in it the fundamental need to belong to a family and community. After the Second World War Michael Bond, like many, knew refugees from war-torn Europe. Paddington and the character Mr Gruber are symbolic of this common human experience. Paddington's charming, accident-prone character has created what Stephen Fry describes as a "British institution". So it's a great pleasure to celebrate Michael Bond's unique creation. If you turn to the thermoform you will meet Paddington in a familiar and timeless pose. He's wearing his favourite outfit a duffle coat and old bush hat. I'm sure you'll quickly identify them as you explore the thermoform. Paddington stands facing us, and with one paw to the left waves a marmalade sandwich in the air rather absent-mindedly. Also, on the left in the bottom corner is a tempting jar of orange marmalade. In the bottom right corner is Paddington's battered suitcase.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Steiff Pull Along Bear
Alfonzo, Steiff Bear
J K Farnell Bear
Winnie the Pooh
Rupert Bear
Sooty
Merrythought Cheeky Bear
Paddington Bear
Aloysius
Pudsey Bear

What our members say

Winnie the Pooh Both my baby and my 3 year old loved the book and audio. They were able to interact together and share the experience. It was very beneficial to have them both sharing a book. Janine
An interesting topic Listening to the history of the teddy bears has brought back so many lovely memories from my childhood. Library Member
Beautiful Album Thank you for this beautiful album. It brought back so many memories of my childhood. It also conjured up memories of my sons listening to me reading Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear. Library Member
Great fun I admire the skill and imagination that has made the album possible. Library Member

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