Happy Easter, Corduroy

Happy Easter, Corduroy

by Don Freeman, Lisa McCue
     
 

Corduroy has been one of the best-loved characters in children's books for nearly 40 years.  Now his youngest fans can enjoy Corduroy and his friends in this colorful shaped board book.  After Corduroy decorates eggs, he invites his friends over for an Easter egg hunt.  Then they all have a picnic- and even get to pet some baby lambs.  What a

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Corduroy has been one of the best-loved characters in children's books for nearly 40 years.  Now his youngest fans can enjoy Corduroy and his friends in this colorful shaped board book.  After Corduroy decorates eggs, he invites his friends over for an Easter egg hunt.  Then they all have a picnic- and even get to pet some baby lambs.  What a special Easter Day!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This board book is actually based on the character created by Don Freeman, but he is given credit on the spine as the author. Corduroy is busy decorating Easter eggs. He not only dyes them bright colors, but he also adds fancy designs. His friends all arrive with their baskets and are ready for an Easter egg hunt. Corduroy, ever thoughtful, has also bought other goodies for his friend's Easter baskets. For some reason there are lambs in the scene and everyone gets to pet them and then have a picnic. It is not a really cohesive story just a collection of vignettes and a chance to feature a character kids have come to love. 2004, Viking/Penguin, Ages 6 mo. to 2.
—Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670036776
Publisher:
Viking Juvenile
Publication date:
01/26/2004
Series:
Corduroy Series
Pages:
16
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
1 - 4 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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