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11 Facts About Paddington Bear

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Paddington Bear is a fictional character in children's literature.

Children's literature or juvenile literature includes stories, books, magazines, and poems that are enjoyed by children.

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He first appeared on 13 October 1958 and has been featured in more than twenty books written by English author Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum and other artists.

Margaret Emily Noel Fortnum as pen name Peggy Fortnum was an English illustrator best known for illustrating children's literature series Paddington Bear.

Thomas Michael Bond CBE was an English author, best known for writing the Paddington Bear series featuring the eponymous character.

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The friendly bear from deepest, darkest Peru—with his old hat, battered suitcase, duffel coat and love of marmalade—has become a classic character from English children's literature.

Marmalade generally refers to a fruit preserve made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits boiled with sugar and water.

A duffel coat, or duffle coat, is a coat made from duffel, a coarse, thick, woollen material.

Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America.

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Paddington books have been translated into 30 languages across 70 titles and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

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A much loved fictional character in British culture, a Paddington Bear soft toy was chosen by British tunnellers as the first item to pass through to their French counterparts when the two sides of the Channel Tunnel were linked in 1994.

The culture of the United Kingdom is influenced by the UK's history as a developed island country, a liberal democracy and a major power; its predominantly Christian religious life; and its composition of four countries—England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland—each of which has distinct customs, cultures and symbolism.

The Channel Tunnel is a 50.45-kilometre rail tunnel linking Folkestone, Kent, in the United Kingdom, with Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais, near Calais in northern France, beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover.

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Paddington is an anthropomorphised spectacled bear.

The spectacled bear, also known as the Andean bear or Andean short-faced bear and locally as jukumari, ukumari or ukuku, is the last remaining short-faced bear.

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He is always polite – addressing people as "Mr", "Mrs" and "Miss", rarely by first names – and kindhearted, though he inflicts hard stares on those who incur his disapproval.

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He has an endless capacity for innocently getting into trouble, but he is known to "try so hard to get things right."

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He was discovered in Paddington Station, London, by the Brown family who adopted him, and thus he gives his full name as "Paddington Brown".

Paddington, also known as London Paddington, is a central London railway terminus and London Underground station complex, located on Praed Street in the Paddington area.

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As of June 2016, Paddington Bear and its copyright and trademark across the world are now owned by Vivendi's StudioCanal.

Studiocanal is a French film production and distribution company that owns the third-largest film library in the world.

Vivendi SA is a French multinational mass media conglomerate headquartered in Paris.

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Bond, however, continued to own the publishing rights to his series, which were licensed to HarperCollins in April 2017 for the next six years.

HarperCollins Publishers LLC is one of the world's largest publishing companies and is part of the "Big Five" English-language publishing companies, alongside Hachette, Holtzbrinck/Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster.

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