English children have been acquainted with Paddington for some time and love the small bear who was taught by his aunt in Darkest Peru to speak English- but apparently wasn't taught how to live in polite society. Now for the first time, Paddington is being introduced to American children. Utter and lovable nonsense this- but somehow one reads with enchantment and credulity about Paddington and his marmalade, Paddington and the sticky cream buns, Paddington and a succession of mishaps, all in good faith. It's all very English- but then so are Alice and Mary Poppins and Peter Pan and a host of other favorites of makebelieve. Illustrated in line by Peggy Fortnum. This is the sort of book best shared in a family read aloud.