Rupert Bear History

Rupert Bear is a famous character that appeared in comic strips, children’s books and in television programmes. He was originally created over a hundred years ago by Mary Tourtel who lived in Canterbury. Rupert first appeared in the Daily Express on Monday 8 November 1920, in a single frame illustration called the ‘Little Lost Bear’, and continued to run in the paper every day from then on.

  • Rupert Bear History

Research Activities


Rupert is one of three very famous British Bears, the other two being Paddington Bear and Winnie the Pooh. Can you find out when they were all created and who is the oldest?


Rupert became famous for his red jumper and yellow chequered trousers and scarf. See if you can create an iconic animal character! Every famous bear starts somewhere.

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