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Corduroy at the Zoo

Corduroy at the Zoo

by Don Freeman, B.G. Hennessy, Lisa McCue (Illustrator)
Corduroy and his friends are taking a trip to the zoo-and you're invited to join them. As Don Freeman's lovable bear leads the way, discover clever surprises hidden by flaps on every page. Find the mischievous monkeys playing hide-and-seek in the Jungle Walk, or spot the wombats in the Australia exhibit. Visit lions, giraffes, parrots, and crocodiles too. Also, learn


Corduroy and his friends are taking a trip to the zoo-and you're invited to join them. As Don Freeman's lovable bear leads the way, discover clever surprises hidden by flaps on every page. Find the mischievous monkeys playing hide-and-seek in the Jungle Walk, or spot the wombats in the Australia exhibit. Visit lions, giraffes, parrots, and crocodiles too. Also, learn fun facts about different species, just like you do at a real zoo. With three to four flaps per page, this book promises a fun-filled, interactive read every time.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Emily and her family have moved to a grand old Victorian house in a new neighborhood, much to the girl's relief. Plastic surgery has repaired terrible scars on Emily's face and she has the entire summer to prepare for a fresh start in her first year of high school. She begins a tentative friendship with Rowan Tucker, a neighbor girl who uses Emily's backyard tree house as an art studio and as a refuge from her strict and controlling father. Something is terribly wrong in the Tucker home, but the particulars are only hinted at. This less-is-more style of storytelling creates all-too-realistic suspense and makes Rowan's father an even more chilling figure: Thesman (Calling the Swan) conveys his nastiness via the muffled sounds of nighttime arguments and Rowan's offhand comment that when she cleans house "those vacuum cleaner marks have to line straight up with the walls. That's how Dad likes them." The author gracefully shows each girl learning something from the other: Emily's basically cheery take on adolescence and her warm family life open Rowan's eyes to new approaches, while Rowan's imaginative ways awaken Emily's curiosity and gently urge her to stretch her artistic muscles. Refreshingly, this story allows issues to be resolved through indirection, intimation and example, rather than via revelatory confessions or high-intensity confrontations. Familiar and comforting details of everyday life (e.g., raising a pair of foundling puppies, decorating the tree house, experimenting with make-up and hairstyles) provide a backdrop to the girls' larger emotional journeys. Ages 10-14. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
In this quiet, introspective story about friendship and family, Thesman focuses on fourteen-year-old Emily, who has just moved to a new home with her mother, stepfather, and stepbrother. Emily's face was injured badly in an accident, and she endured ridicule and embarrassment from former friends. Hoping to start a new life in the new house and feeling much better now that her face no longer shows her injuries, Emily is excited by the wonderful tree house in the backyard and the neighbor girl she meets inside it. Quiet Rowan carves smiling animals and tells imaginative stories about them. Her father, however, is rude and mean—and maybe worse. Emily sometimes hears Rowan and her father arguing in the middle of the night, and she worries about her friend, wondering what to do. Contrasting Emily's friendship with the introverted Rowan is Emily's older stepbrother Grady's relationship with an indolent, rude, and obnoxious young friend. The book looks at the many faces of friendship, good and bad, but particularly the importance of being a caring and understanding friend. Also examined are family relationships—that of Emily's loving family, Rowan's with her horrid father, and the misguided upbringing of Grady's friend. Through these examples, the reader learns how to be a good friend and family member. The book is character- and concept-driven. Readers might wonder whether Emily was right in not telling her parents about the loud voices coming from Rowan's house. The tensions created by Emily's accident and Rowan's father are not described fully and leave many questions and opportunities for discussion. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M J (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal withpushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2001, Viking, 176p, . Ages 12 to 15. Reviewer: Susan H. Levine SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)

Product Details

Viking Juvenile
Publication date:
Corduroy Series
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Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Don Freeman was born in San Diego, California, in 1908. At an early age, he received a trumpet as a gift from his father. He practiced obsessively and eventually joined a California dance band. After graduating from high school, he ventured to New York City to study art under the tutelage of Joan Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students' League. He managed to support himself throughout his schooling by playing his trumpet evenings, in nightclubs and at weddings.

Gradually, he eased into making a living sketching impressions of Broadway shows for The New York Times and The Herald Tribune. This shift was helped along, in no small part, by a rather heartbreaking incident: he lost his trumpet. One evening, he was so engrossed in sketching people on the subway, he simply forgot it was sitting on the seat beside him. This new career turned out to be a near-perfect fit for Don, though, as he had always loved the theater.

He was introduced to the world of children's literature when William Saroyan asked him to illustrate several books. Soon after, he began to write and illustrate his own books, a career he settled into comfortably and happily. Through his writing, he was able to create his own theater: "I love the flow of turning the pages, the suspense of what's next. Ideas just come at me and after me. It's all so natural. I work all the time, long into the night, and it's such a pleasure. I don't know when the time ends. I've never been happier in my life!"

Don died in 1978, after a long and successful career. He created many beloved characters in his lifetime, perhaps the most beloved among them a stuffed, overall-wearing bear named Corduroy.

Don Freeman was the author and illustrator of many popular books for children, including Corduroy, A Pocket for Corduroy, and the Caldecott Honor Book Fly High, Fly Low.

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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