Corduroy Makes a Cake

Corduroy Makes a Cake

by Don Freeman, Alison Inches, Allan Eitzen
     
 

When Corduroy finds out that Lisa is having a birthday party, he decides to make her a very special cake. But instead of a cake, he makes a great big mess! Corduroy doesn't know what to do. Will he find another way to give Lisa a birthday surprise?

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When Corduroy finds out that Lisa is having a birthday party, he decides to make her a very special cake. But instead of a cake, he makes a great big mess! Corduroy doesn't know what to do. Will he find another way to give Lisa a birthday surprise?

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Children's Literature
Don Freeman's character has a new adventure in this Viking Easy-to-Read level 2 reader. Lisa is having a party because today is her birthday. Corduroy decides that he will make Lisa a cake, but all he really succeeds in doing is making a big mess. He gets cake batter splattered all over, and pink frosting, too. When Lisa's Mom comes home, Corduroy hides and then gets an idea. Even though he failed to create a special birthday cake for Lisa, he does manage to give her a surprise. For kids who still want to believe that toys have lives of their own, this new story about Corduroy may have some appeal. For an adult reader, the unquestioning acceptance of Lisa's mother regarding the household mess may seem illogical. 2001, The Penguin Group, $13.99. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142501634
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/13/2003
Series:
Corduroy Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 7.79(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 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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