A Christmas Wish For Corduroy

A Christmas Wish For Corduroy

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by B.G. Hennessy, Jody Wheeler
     
 

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Before he met Lisa, Corduroy was just a little bear in the toy department of a big store, waiting for somebody to take him home.
 
It’s almost Christmas and Corduroy wishes he could be a child’s holiday gift—but he’s a plain bear, and nobody seems to notice him. He sets out across the store to ask Santa Claus for help, but he…  See more details below

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Before he met Lisa, Corduroy was just a little bear in the toy department of a big store, waiting for somebody to take him home.
 
It’s almost Christmas and Corduroy wishes he could be a child’s holiday gift—but he’s a plain bear, and nobody seems to notice him. He sets out across the store to ask Santa Claus for help, but he can’t visit without wearing a special outfit! After stopping to try on hats, boots, and even baby clothes, Corduroy finally arrives at the North Pole. Can Santa help Corduroy find a new home in time for Christmas?
 
With warm humor and classic art, A Christmas Wish for Corduroy takes readers back to the beginning and shows how Corduroy became the beloved bear we know today. This is a heartwarming story about the power of hope, perseverance, and friendship--an important addition to any Corduroy collection.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
10/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—Sure to become another favorite, this prequel tells the story of how the character Corduroy, created by Don Freeman in the 1960s, found his green overalls and how the button on the overalls got loose. As the tale begins, the little stuffed bear has no name or clothes. Upon hearing that Santa grants Christmas wishes and that one should wear something special when they meet the famous man in red, the little bear goes on his first journey to meet Santa and finds the perfect outfit for the occasion. Readers will have an "A-ha" moment when the little bear finds his outfit as well as when Santa first calls him "Corduroy." Wheeler works her magic in the illustrations, bringing the adorable bear to life. A charming addition to the "Corduroy" series (Viking) and holiday collections.—Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public Library, CA
Publishers Weekly
09/15/2014
Based on characters created by the late Don Freeman, this prequel to 1968’s Corduroy reveals how the bear acquired his familiar green overalls and name. Sitting on a store shelf listening to children chatter about what they want for Christmas, the stuffed bear concludes that he won’t make anyone’s wish list without clothing or a name. After hours, he goes in search of the store Santa to “ask him for a little girl or boy to take me home.” The bear puts on the shop elves’ uniform—green corduroy overalls—which inspires Santa to bestow him with a name; soon after, Corduroy catches the eye of a girl, who claims him as her own. As they provide a lovely bit of backstory for Corduroy fans, the creators of Corduroy Lost and Found again show their prowess at recreating Freeman’s inviting narrative and scratchboard art. Ages 3–5. (Oct.)
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Praise for A Christmas Wish for Corduroy:

"A story that can stand next to the original two Corduroy tales without apology. A pleasurable and satisfying back story for the beloved bear named Corduroy. Not too long, not too hard—just right. "—Kirkus Reviews

"As they provide a lovely bit of backstory for Corduroy fans, the creators ofCorduroy Lost and Found again show their prowess at recreating Freeman’s inviting narrative and scratchboard art."—Publisher's Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-12
A prequel to the beloved classics Corduroy (1968) and A Pocket for Corduroy (1978), this story tells how Corduroy found his green overalls (and his name). When the story opens, Corduroy is just a brown teddy bear on a department-store shelf, sitting next to a stuffed rabbit and a doll. He's waiting to be chosen as a child's desired Christmas gift. The bear hears customers talking about visiting Santa and wearing special outfits, and he notices the other toys are requested by name. The bear searches for clothing in the store, finally finding a small pair of green corduroy overalls in the Santa display section. He falls asleep on Santa's chair, and it's Santa himself who gives him the name of Corduroy, suggested by his overalls. The story ends with Lisa's familiar dialogue: "Look! There's the very bear I've always wanted!" The story's language and pacing match the tone of the original story, and the illustrations are a close match to Freeman's original work. Purists may object to extending the franchise, but this is a story that can stand next to the original two Corduroy tales without apology. A pleasurable and satisfying back story for the beloved bear named Corduroy. Not too long, not too hard—just right. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698156753
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/21/2014
Series:
Corduroy
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
861,096
File size:
11 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for A Christmas Wish for Corduroy:

"A story that can stand next to the original two Corduroy tales without apology. A pleasurable and satisfying back story for the beloved bear named Corduroy. Not too long, not too hard—just right. "—Kirkus Reviews

"As they provide a lovely bit of backstory for Corduroy fans, the creators ofCorduroy Lost and Found again show their prowess at recreating Freeman’s inviting narrative and scratchboard art."—Publisher's Weekly

Meet the Author

B.G. Hennessy grew up in Wantagh on Long Island, NY. At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she majored in fine art and learned how to design, print and bind handmade books. She also took courses in Children’s Literature. The combination of form and content in the picture book format fascinated her and after graduation she headed for NYC where she worked for 17 years in children’s book publishing as a designer and art director. She is the author of Road Builders and The First Night, as well as many books starring Corduroy, the loveable toy bear created by Don Freeman. She now lives with her family in Arizona.

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A Christmas Wish For Corduroy 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
patrickrich More than 1 year ago
I love Corduroy The Bear and I will write and produce new episodes of Corduroy at Nelvana.
booklyn1947 More than 1 year ago
I was so very disappointed to read this story featuring the character, Corduroy, created by Don Freeman. The story  is not terrible, but is messes with the original tale that lives in the hearts of millions of children and adults who first  met Corduroy when they were quite young.  It revises the story by making Corduroy wish to become a  Christmas  gift.  The original story does not take place at Christmas.  He is not unclothed but already dressed in the   green   overalls Corduroy searches for in the new story. Lisa buys the bear with the money she has saved in  her piggy   bank after she gets permission from her mother. This new story is not an extension of the two stories  created   by Don Freeman, but a newly invented plot.   The language is not lyrical, but bland.  I am disheartened  that the  author took such liberties and that the publisher served as an accomplice in what I view to be a crime.