Corduroy's Garden

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When Lisa plants some beans in her garden, she puts Corduroy in charge of watching over them. But Corduroy falls asleep, and a puppy digs up the seeds.

When the beans that Lisa has planted are dug up by a dog, Corduroy reseeds the garden that he was supposed to be watching, but he and Lisa are in for a surprise when the "beans" finally appear on the vines.

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Overview

When Lisa plants some beans in her garden, she puts Corduroy in charge of watching over them. But Corduroy falls asleep, and a puppy digs up the seeds.

When the beans that Lisa has planted are dug up by a dog, Corduroy reseeds the garden that he was supposed to be watching, but he and Lisa are in for a surprise when the "beans" finally appear on the vines.

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Our friend Corduroy lives on and is appearing in a series of "Viking Easy-to-Read" books. In this story, Lisa has asked Corduroy to watch her garden. She has planted some beans. A neighborhood dog disturbs the garden and Corduroy hunts for some seeds to plant. Both he and Lisa are in for a surprise when the plants begin to bear fruit. Fortunately, Lisa likes the new vegetable and Corduroy is proud that he was able to save the day. The illustrations, with heavy black lines, are full of texture and have a look that makes them seem more appropriate to the time period of the original story by Freeman. Level 2, Grades K-2. 2002, Penguin Putnam Books,
— Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142401316
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/24/2004
  • Series: Corduroy Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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.

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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