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by Don Freeman

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Don Freeman's classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene over thirty years ago. These favorite titles are ready for another generation of children to love.


Don Freeman's classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene over thirty years ago. These favorite titles are ready for another generation of children to love.

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Corduroy has donated more than three million dollars to a charity helping children with severe illnesses, disabilities, or traumas.
Corduroy hosted Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign, which raised more than $1.5 million for early education programs. Two million children and adults read the book on the same day.
Corduroy was one of the first books inducted into the Indies Choice Book Awards Picture Book Hall of Fame.
The New York Public Library named Corduroy one of the 100 Great Children's Books from the Last 100 Years.
The National Education Association named Corduroy one of the Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.
School Library Journal named Corduroy one of the Top 100 Picture Books for the 21st Century.
Corduroy’s creator, Don Freeman, received the Kerlan Award in recognition of his singular attainments in the creation of children's literature.
Close to 20 million copies of the Corduroy books have sold in the United States and around the world.
Children's Literature - Joanna Wiley
A small teddy bear named Corduroy sits on the shelf of a department store and longs for someone to buy him. One afternoon, a little girl spots him and instantly decides he is the bear she has always wanted. Despite her excitement, the girl's mother refuses to buy Corduroy, pointing out that the missing button on his overalls makes him look old. Upon hearing this, Corduroy decides to search the store in hopes of finding the button. That night, he encounters many new sights, including the store's escalator and furniture department. After Corduroy's failed attempt to remove a sewn-on button atop a mattress, the store's security guard finds him and places him back on his original shelf. The next day, Corduroy awakes to find himself greeted by the smiling face of the girl from the previous day. She buys Corduroy and takes him home where she then replaces his lost button. As Corduroy looks at his new surroundings, he rejoices in the realization that he now has a home and a loving friend to take care of him. Freeman's use of a character like Corduroy who appears to be flawed because of a useless overall strap conveys a valid moral lesson that even though something is not perfect, it is no less special. Freeman's illustrations also help add to the story's sense of adventure as the little teddy bear explores the sights and sounds of the world around him. By utilizing a sense of childlike innocence and curiosity, Freeman creates a character with the kind of charm and sincerity that children and adults alike will find hard to resist. Published in many forms over the years, this version is a large format board book. Reviewer: Joanna Wiley

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Corduroy Series
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Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.13(d)
600L (what's this?)
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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Corduroy (Cassette with Book) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book for all ages. I have read Corduroy since I was young and continued to read it with my students. I bought this for my great neice and Mom remembered when I bought it for her. I have bought this one and A Pocket for Corduroy but do not know about the rest of the series! A book for all children to own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I buy this for all of my expecting friends and family members, as this was my favorite children's book growing up. a great story to read over and over to your children.
KiddyLitLover More than 1 year ago
This story about a dear, sweet little bear who wants, more than anything, for a friend to come and love him will win your and your childrens' hearts. The innocent way this cute bear explores his world is matched by the adorable drawings. A favorite of younger children, this story speaks to the way in which children see their stuffed animals, as friends. Time-tested, this book belongs on every child's bookshelf. It is an endearing classic that your children will remember and buy for their children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorites as a little girl, and now my two children enjoy it as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my son's favorite book when he was young. He is now the proud dad of my beautiful granddaughter. To continue the "Corduroy Legacy," I gave my granddaughter this book for Christmas. My son was excited to see it and remembered it immediately.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My best friend, Tom, has 2 pairs of corderouy pants. And immediately, I gave him the nickname 'Corderouy' and it stuck. This story is perfect for us. I met him and knew right away that I was going to be friends with him. I was ready to accept him and all 'his missing buttons.' And we've been best friends ever since.
aRangersGrl More than 1 year ago
My son got this for Christmas and loves it! It's one of his favorite bedtime stories.
Sparky48 More than 1 year ago
I read this story over and over again to my own daughters when they were little. Now my daughter uses it in her preschool class. My friend is a literacy coach and also runs a home preschool. She was with me in Barnes and Noble and asked me for a recommendation for her little charges. We both saw the toy and the book and thought it would be an excellent addition to her library and toy collection. So Corduroy has found another home and will be enjoyed by many more lucky little ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is such a wonderful story of acceptance and love all in the form of a teddy bear with a missing button. My daughter loves it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought Corduroy for my grandson for Christmes. This book was a favorite of his mother's when she was a child. I recommend this book for any child. A favorite gift giving book for many occassions.
moreader More than 1 year ago
I actually purchased the book for the Adoptive and Foster Child Coalition. We do already own a copy. Both of my girls enjoyed the story very much and it remains a classic in our home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was a joke. Corduroy...groovy...get it? This is a sweet little story that tells kids you don't have to be perfect to be loved. I recommend the Scholastic DVD with the Corduroy story. It's a very old video and very charming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so old..I remember when i was younger and loved this book..I felt so bad for the cute little bear 'corduroy'...Wow this book brings back memories!!!..I would recommend parents to read this to your children!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my FAVORITE book as a child, I am due any day to have my 1st child and I intend on reading it to her. Definately highly recommended book!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
FINALLY! ... The original, with all its heartfelt charm in Board Book format. Twenty-eight years ago, at the tender age of two, tears welled in my daughter's eyes as the final page revealed those poignant words 'I always wanted a friend'. And, as the years have passed, if anyone needed a friend she remained true to those nascent emotions of so long ago. Throughout her childhood she made me promise never to let 'her' Corduroy book come to any harm ... yes, it still brings tears to her eyes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Cordroy. i rember having it when i was little and now that im about to have a baby boy i just got to get it for him!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A stuffed bear, Corduroy, sat in a store until one day when a girl, Lisa, takes him and his wish comes true - he gets a home of his own. A wonderful tale that tells kids how important home and friends are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Even as I get older I still love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite childhood books. I remember sitting next to the piano and listening to my kindergarten teacher read this to the class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book how can anyone not. it is like the best childrens book ever. whoever doesn't like this book must have a bad reason for not liking. i reccommend this book to whoever has a chil 1-10. After that they will cherish that book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this to my eldest daughter 26 years ago and she loves it to this day and then to my youngest daughter five years later. This story stands the 'test of time'. I am buying this book for my nieces 2nd birthday this month. Thank you Don Freeman!
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BBarnes More than 1 year ago
I read this to my daughter when she was a child and purchased it on my nook for my granddaughter. She loves the story.
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