Paddington, at 50, Gets a Very 2008 Makeover

Immigration becomes bear necessity in forthcoming update
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2008 4:08 PM CDT
Paddington Bear arrives at Paddington Station 'on his way' to the children's literature event at Buckingham Palace on June 23, 2006 in London, England.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Paddington Bear is celebrating his 50th birthday with a comeback, the Daily Telegraph reports, as the first new book in 30 years arrives soon. Though the marmalade-loving furball will be charming as ever, Paddington Here and Now might raise controversy: It’s about immigration.

Author Michael Bond, who first dreamed up the bear from Darkest Peru, insists the topic is a natural fit. “There is this side of Paddington the Browns don't really understand at all," he says of the bear's adoptive family, "What it's like to be a refugee, not to be in your own country."