Book Review – More Than Marmalade

Through every beloved character shines their creator’s spirit. More Than Marmalade is an approachable history lesson about writer, Michael Bond, and his famous bear.

Michael’s mother read even more than he did. Every week, she went to the public library to check out new books. Michael always tagged along. The wide aisles filled with thick hardbacks thrilled him. He slowly wandered through the stacks to see what might catch his eye.

A patchwork of stories and historical tidbits bring Michael’s world to life, from early days and memories of World War II in London to early failures and the rising fame of Paddington Bear. The blend of non-fiction and speculative scenes encourage younger readers to engage with the man behind their favorite books.

I would recommend More Than Marmalade to homeschoolers and teachers as an introduction to the World War II time period for their younger kids, especially to children who might enjoy learning a little bit about the origins of Paddington Bear since there plenty of Easter eggs for attentive readers.

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. The opinions shared in this review are all my own.

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