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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140501735
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/28/1976
Series: Corduroy Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 5,537
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About 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. 130 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!
Aridy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Corduroy is a teddy bear who is missing a button, but one little girl does not care. Even though he is not perfect she will buy him and give him a home all his own.
carka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a huge favorite of Maggie's at around 1 year of age. She loves to say "uh oh!" when Corduroy falls off the bed. And then she gets excited when he hides under the covers.
EllieGiles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little bear named Corduroy loses one of his buttons. Even without all of his buttons, a little girl thinks Corduroy is just perfect.
lleighton05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Critique: Genre: This story could not happen because the stuffed bear comes to life, and attempts to find his button in the department store. However, the bear deals with similar issues that children might face, and so it is easy for kids to relate to. Character: Corduroy is an easy character for children to relate to because he deals with the feeling of being unloved and unwanted. He is developed through his actions, his talking, and how other characters (such as the little girl and the watchman) view him. The reader knows most about him because he is a round character. The reader experiences his emotions and feelings through his desire to go to a home. Media: watercolor/pen