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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Open market ed edition (29 Jun 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140501738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140501735
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 0.2 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 April 1999
Format: Paperback
It was quite a funny story when Lisa wanted to buy the poor bear with no button.Her mum didn't let her buy it when Lisa wanted but she came back the next day and bought Corduroy.
It was funny when Corduroy pulled the button off the bed.
I loved reading this book and then I got " A Pocket For Corduroy" to read.
I am 6 years old and think lots of other children would enjoy reading this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 1999
Format: Paperback
This was one of my favorite books as a child. When I was in college I bought a new copy and every time I re-read it it makes me cry. Poor, confused Courderoy looking for his button and kindhearted Lisa who wants the damaged bear despite her mother's admonition to get something nicer. A wonderful story which teaches a lesson to children about people and things that may look imperfect on the outside but who are worthy of love like anyone else. I can't wait to read it to my child (hopefully I won't break down in the middle of it).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Payne on 10 Sep 2009
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful book to read for my daughters, sadly they don't get to share mamma's cuddly Corduroy bear, he is all mine!

Very sweet story about love regardless of minor differences/inperfections.
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I saw this book on my travels and ordered it for my Granddaughter.. It is a lovely book and very enjoyable to read to a Toddler or Child over two.
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By A. Campbell on 23 Jun 2014
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My 3 year old girl loves this book. Sweet story about Corduroy, the little bear who wants a home. Since we bought it, she has requested it to be read every night. Would definitely recommend it.
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By Mopp on 30 Dec 2013
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This is a lovely, short story which both my three and six year-olds enjoyed. The accompanying CD, however, is utter tripe. Spoken in a really awful, patronising tone and the second part of poems, God awful songs and general nonsensical ramblings, well...words can't describe. I would strongly urge making a point of purchasing the book alone. It almost put me off the story itself.
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By Sirenfire on 14 Dec 2013
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My 5 years old loved this story. She said, it was very nice and it was a happy story. Beautiful pictures.
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By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Aug 2012
Format: Paperback
Corduroy is a teddy bear that lives in a department store. Day after day he waits for someone to buy him and take him home. One day, a little girl wants to buy him, but her mother won't let her because Corduroy is missing a button. Can Corduroy find it?

I remember this book fondly from my own childhood, and it still holds up well today. The story is a simple quest, but Corduroy's reaction to the department store at night is so cute. And if the ending doesn't make you smile, there is something wrong with you.

If you and your child haven't met Corduroy yet, fix that today. It's a cute story that everyone will enjoy.
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