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It was a teddy bear that writer Michael Bond gave to his wife as a Christmas gift that inspired “A Bear Called Paddington,” which was published in 1958 to become the first of a hugely popular series of children’s books. Now, the lovable bear, who meets the Brown family at London’s Paddington Station and becomes a member of their household, has become synonymous with England, even though in the story, he’s from Peru.

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