Michael Bond based Paddington Bear on a lonely Teddy bear he noticed on a shelf in a London store on Christmas Eve 1956, which he bought as a present for his wife. The bear inspired Bond to write a story; A Bear Called Paddington – first published on 13 October 1958. Little could he have known then how many people from around the world would come to know, love and adore his small bear from darkest Peru. Today, the adventures of Paddington Bear continue to captivate both young and old. His huge popularity has recently propelled him on to the big screen making Paddington a famous film star now! Not only that. He has BAFTA nominations! Following the hugely popular paw prints of his predecessors, this winning Paddington is now thrilled to be all suited and Wellington-booted.