A classic character in children's literature for nearly forty years is back for a brand-new adventure! Corduroy the beloved bear slips out very early one morning to get a birthday present for Lisa. He spies what he thinks is a yellow balloon up in the sky, thinking that would be perfect for her. But when the sun rises, the balloon (really the full moon) disappears. And now Corduroy is lost. Lisa finds him, but not before Corduroy succeeds in getting just the right gift—a lollipop as yellow and round as the moon. ...
A classic character in children's literature for nearly forty years is back for a brand-new adventure! Corduroy the beloved bear slips out very early one morning to get a birthday present for Lisa. He spies what he thinks is a yellow balloon up in the sky, thinking that would be perfect for her. But when the sun rises, the balloon (really the full moon) disappears. And now Corduroy is lost. Lisa finds him, but not before Corduroy succeeds in getting just the right gift—a lollipop as yellow and round as the moon. This brand-new Corduroy picture book is written in the whimsical style of Don Freeman and illustrated in the exact scratchboard technique he used to create Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy.
Expanding on the beloved character created by Don Freeman, B.G. Hennessy pens the tale Corduroy Lost and Found, illus. by Jody Wheeler, in which the cub heads out to get a birthday present for his pal Lisa, and winds up on an adventure that takes him astray-luckily Lisa finds him, not far from where he started. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Suzanna E. Henshon
For many years, children have enjoyed reading Don Freeman's Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy. Fans of Don Freeman's classic stories will be delighted to discover a new adventure featuring their favorite teddy bear. B.G. Hennessy, the art director of A Pocket for Corduroy, brings Corduroy back to children's literature with a story that will enchant children and parents. When Corduroy discovers Lisa's birthday is coming, he sets out to find the perfect present. He rides the elevator down to the lobby of the apartment building, and steps out into the street. He spots the best gift of all—a large balloon that hangs in the sky. Yet Corduroy cannot seem to grasp it, no matter how fast and far he runs. Soon Corduroy is lost and alone in the nighttime city, and Mr.Gonzales, the owner of a newsstand, places Corduroy on a shelf where the little bear helps sell newspapers, far away from the little girl he loves. Will Corduroy ever get the present for Lisa? Will he ever find his way home? Corduroy Lost and Found will touch the hearts of readers who have waited 30 years for another adventure with their favorite bear.
With Madeline and Little House spin-offs on her resume, plus Rosemary Wells's Yoko and Friends series, the technically versatile Wheeler replaces Lisa McCue to illustrate this latest Corduroy episode in a credible imitation of Don Freeman's style. Similarly, the tale reads like ersatz Freeman. Corduroy sneaks out of the apartment one night in search of a birthday present for Lisa (who hasn't aged a day since her first appearance in 1968), and winds up out on the street, where Mr. Gonzalez the news vendor keeps him safe until Lisa comes along putting up "Lost Bear" posters. "The only thing I wanted for my birthday was to have my best friend home with me!" she exclaims, before a closing double portrait with cake, balloons and a big lollipop. The actual author and illustrator get no cover billing, but that shouldn't bother readers willing to settle for respectable replacements. (Picture book. 5-7)
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.