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A Pocket for Corduroy

A Pocket for Corduroy

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by Don Freeman

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This irresistible childhood classic is a delightful sequel to the original, well-loved tale Corduroy. This charming story takes readers into a multi-ethnic, urban neighborhood Laundromat, where Lisa's mother warns her to take everything out of her pockets before washing.

Pockets! Corduroy doesn't have any pockets! The furry bear's search for a pocket of his


This irresistible childhood classic is a delightful sequel to the original, well-loved tale Corduroy. This charming story takes readers into a multi-ethnic, urban neighborhood Laundromat, where Lisa's mother warns her to take everything out of her pockets before washing.

Pockets! Corduroy doesn't have any pockets! The furry bear's search for a pocket of his own takes him on an adventure filled with the sights, sounds, smells and hazards of the Laundromat. As a result, Lisa and her beloved bear become separated as Corduroy ends up locked inside the Laundromat all night. And what do bears do all night in places like this? They ski in the soap flakes and nap in the baskets, of course!

Fortunately, Lisa returns early the next morning to reclaim her tired little friend. Soon, Lisa is sewing Corduroy a pocket of his very own and again all is well in the life of Corduroy.

"This merry tale gets added interest from...the setting, a multi-ethnic urban neighborhood, of cuddly Corduroy and his pal Lisa, a black child, and her attractive mother." — Publishers Weekly.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 5—These excellent videos, suitable for deaf or hearing children, combine the quality viewers have come to expect from Weston Woods with the American Sign Language (ASL) savvy of production company ASL Inside. Each program presents a popular children's book and uses the familiar format of picture-book pages translated to video, with some animation added. Signers Missy Keast and Manny Hernandez, both known in the signing community for their storytelling skills, appear in the foreground, translating the text on each page into ASL. Optional English text on screen and English voiceover make these videos completely accessible to all viewers. Additional features include a vocabulary section, which is arranged alphabetically by English translation and shows featured signs in isolation, and a 10-question quiz that assesses comprehension and memory. Additional classroom activities, flashcards, and worksheets are available online for each title. The series will appeal to multiple audiences: deaf children can access the stories in their native language while building English vocabulary and reading skills, and hearing youngsters can practice their English vocabulary while learning basic ASL.—Kathleen Kelly Macmillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Corduroy Series
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Age Range:
3 - 5 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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A Pocket for Corduroy [With CD] 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mom has read 'A Pocket for Corduroy' to me a many of times when I was little. Now, I am a teenager, and this is still one fo my favorite books. When I get bored, I pull out my copy of the book and read it. Ok, yes this may not say much for me, but let me resassure you that I have an outstanding social life and am actaully quite popular. Also, I am smart. I say all this has to do with my reading of this book. Infact, I am buying this to give to my boyfriend for Valentine's day, and I have even nicknamed my boyfriend 'Corduroy.' Hope you decide to buy this book for yourself or a child/teen/adult that you know. And ENJOY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i grew up with the corduroy books and now i read it to my two year old who is moving on from board books to stories with more content she loves caps for sale as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember my mom reading this book to me as a child. I LOVED this book. I now read it to my 2 boys (2yrs & 6mos) and I hope they come to love it as much as I do. Reading it to them brings back such happy memories of my childhood, this is truly a book for any age!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A pocket for Corduroy is one of my all time favorite childhood books. in fact, i have to do a report on teddy bears and this is part of it, even though it is a presentation to my High School Freshman peerse
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Pocket For Corduroy is my favorite book. my mom read it to me about 13 years ago when I was two and I still love it and occasionally read it.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Sweet and Fun Sequel   One day, Corduroy, a stuffed bear, goes with Lisa, his owner, and her mother to do laundry at the laundromat.  As Lisa’s mom reminds her to empty her pockets, Corduroy decides he needs a pocket on his overalls and sets out on a search to find one.  What might he find along the way?  Will he wander completely away from Lisa?   This is a sweet and fun book that I think I might like better than the original.  The reason for this is the creativity of what Corduroy runs across in the laundromat and what he thinks it might be.  We, of course, know better, but his guesses make perfect sense from his experiences.  The pictures are wonderful and expertly capture the story.   If you are a fan of this stuffed bear’s first adventure, don’t hesitate to get this one.  And if you’ve missed Corduroy, by all means meet him soon.
nmk97 More than 1 year ago
A favorite at a few months old, and at 4 yrs old, still a favorite for my daughter. We bought the nook version to save her hard copy from wear and tear and glad we did. Nook version with read to me and read and record features are equally well done as the original print versions.
Alisa_Eggimann More than 1 year ago
I recently read this book to one of my cousins and she loved it. The whole time she was engaged and her sister came in the room to listen to the story. She wanted to read a book and out of all the books I had, I chose this one. One reason is because this book was read to me when I was younger. I remember loosing my bear at that time and my mom read me this book. I would read it in hope that my bear would come back. This book also inspires one to dream and use your imagination. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really a classic. A delightful story for young children, narrated very much from their perspective, and always adored.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was lucky and could read very well at a young age. I remember checking this book out from my kindergarten teacher. It is the only book I really remember loving as a child and now I am buying it for the baby I am about to have. I hope he will love it as much as I do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very good and I enjoyed it when I was little and I thought it was awesome.