Paddington at the Seaside begins: “Today,” said Mr. Brown at breakfast one bright, summer morning, “feels like the kind of day for taking a young bear to the sea-side. Hands up all those who agree.” So, the Browns pack up the motorcar and drive off. Wearing his signature hat (usually red, but here green) and a long toggle coat (usually blue, here brown). Paddington carries a sailboat, a net, shovel and pail, and a small case, perhaps filled with his stash of marmalade.

Fred Banbery. “Everyone was very excited, and by the time they set out, the Browns’ car was so full of things there was hardly room to move.” In Michael Bond. Paddington at the Sea-Side. London: Collins, 1975.

Fred Banbery. “Everyone was very excited, and by the time they set out, the Browns’ car was so full of things there was hardly room to move.”

Featured image: Fred Banbery. “After his swim, Paddington settled down in a deckchair to dry out,” In Michael Bond. Paddington at the Sea-Side. London: Collins, 1975. After some hectic adventure, Paddington falls asleep in a beach chair, his marmalade jar, and spoon carefully placed on the blanket.

See Michael Bond. Paddington at the Sea-Side. Illustrated by Fred Banbery. London: Collins, 1975; Paddington Treasury, Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999