This is a book review for More Than Marmalade by Rosanne Tolin

More Than Marmalade: Michael Bond & the Story of Paddington Bear by Rosanne Tolin

What is a great biography book for elementary and middle school kids?

More Than Marmalade: Michael Bond & the Story of Paddington Bear by Rosanne Tolin is!

If you have ever dreamed of becoming an author, where would your inspiration come from? Michael Bond didn’t grow up thinking he would become a writer but little did he know that he would become one of the most well-known authors ever.

Growing up Michael was not the greatest in school but he grew up in a loving home where his parents read to him every night. He quit school at the age of 14 and began working odd jobs during World War II. He joined the army and during this time he wrote stories but was rejected many, many times by publishing companies. One day he was sitting at his typewriter trying to come up with a story when he began looking at the teddy bear that he purchased for his wife. He started writing and within a little over a week he had created a story of Paddington Bear, but would he continue to get rejection letters, or would this finally be his big chance? Read this incredible book to find out!

Why I love this book!

Let me just begin by saying that I am not a big nonfiction or biography fan but this book might just change my mind! From the first page, Rosanne pulled me into the life of Michael Bond and I couldn’t stop reading. It was so interesting finding out the background of one of the most iconic book series ever written. If you are a Paddington fan or not, you will love this story!!


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