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B efore his fictional version appeared on page, Paddington existed as a real teddy bear. Bond saw it "left on a shelf in a London shop and felt sorry for it" on Christmas Eve 1956, and took it home as a present for his wife Brenda. The couple were living near Paddington Station at the time, so Bond named the bear Paddington and started to write stories about it, "more for fun than with the idea of having them published. After 10 days I found that I had a book on my hands. It wasn’t written specifically for children, but I think I put into it the kind of things I liked reading about when I was young."

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