Corduroy 40th Anniversary Editionby 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/i>… See more details below
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.
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 was one of my daughter's favorite book series. It is a beloved book you can share with your children and grandchildren.
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!!!
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!
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!!