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Corduroy 40th Anniversary Edition

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by Don Freeman
     
 

In 1968, a girl named Lisa fell in love with a little brown bear wearing green overalls with one button missing, and thousands of readers followed suit, making Corduroy one of the best-loved children's books of all time. Now, forty years later, Viking proudly celebrates Don Freeman's classic with a very special anniversary edition. With an extra-large trim

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Overview

In 1968, a girl named Lisa fell in love with a little brown bear wearing green overalls with one button missing, and thousands of readers followed suit, making Corduroy one of the best-loved children's books of all time. Now, forty years later, Viking proudly celebrates Don Freeman's classic with a very special anniversary edition. With an extra-large trim size and special features including an embossed cover and four bonus spreads of never-before-seen materials, this handsome volume is a must-have for any Corduroy fan.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This new edition celebrates a pair of milestones for this familiar, heart-warming classic about a little bear yearning for a home, namely the 100th year since the birth of the author/illustrator and the 40th year since the story appeared in print. Corduroy waits in a department store for someone to buy him but when a little girl wants him, her mother points out that the shoulder strap of his overalls is missing a button. Corduroy sets off to find the button; in the course of his search, he has quite an adventure, riding the elevator and exploring the department store. Although he does not find the button, all ends well. The little girl returns to take him home, where she sews a new button onto his overalls. The back pages of this edition show an early draft of the story, some original sketches and correspondence between the author and the editor, Annis Duff. These will be of particular interest to those adults who read the story years ago, when they were children. The last two-page spread displays obituaries published upon the author's death in 1978 at the age of 69. This seems like an odd note on which to end this lovely book. Perhaps some early reviews and commentaries by his contemporaries would have been more graceful, but the story itself is as wonderful as ever and the notes give the reader a look at the creative process, adding a special touch. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670063369
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/13/2008
Series:
Corduroy Series
Edition description:
Anniversary
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
48,052
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 5 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.

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Corduroy: 40th Anniversary Edition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Corduroy was one of my daughter's favorite book series. It is a beloved book you can share with your children and grandchildren.
Guest More than 1 year ago
oh my goodness! i can't eevn begin to talk about this insanely cute book. Corduroy has been one of my favorites for as long as I remember!!! I'm not going to do a synopsis or anything...i just want to tell you that this is an adorable book for ALL ages!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book and the 13" Corduroy plus for a shower girt. What a hit! The mother-to-be is an educator, like me, and, also like me, is "addicted" to children's books, particularly those that have been part of our own childhoods. This is the FORTIETH anniversay edition of CORDUROY!
Isisdivorina More than 1 year ago
I had this book from my mom and her brother's when I was a kid, now I bought the 40th Anniversary book for my kids! I love it!! This edition is amazing!!! It has a mini first draft of the writer's fist idea of the story, and as a writer myself that was awesome!! Not even writers get it right the first time sometimes. A great gift for children, collectors or aspiring writers!!