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Author: Don Freeman
The story of an adventuresome bear. 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. — Poor Corduroy, he has been sitting on the store shelf for a long time. A young girl named Lisa falls in love with Corduroy despite his missing button and shopworn look. ...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $7.59 or $3.69+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780140501735
ISBN-10: 0140501738
Publication Date: 9/30/1976
Pages: 28
Reading Level: Baby-Preschool
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 57 ratings
Publisher: Puffin Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
This is my favorite story from childhood and I honestly believe it had a big part in making me who I am today. [The story of Corduroy displays several morals and our basic human needs; its main lesson to me is to look deeper, beyond first impressions to see what is on the INSIDE of a person--that is what really counts.] The story is so charming, adorable and incredibly special.
It begins with Corduroy in a toy department of a big store. Shoppers hurry by and never seem to notice him.[MORAL: TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES PEOPLE! WHY ALL THE RUSH?] Every day Corduroy waits hoping "for somebody to come along and take him home." [ BASIC NEED: SECURITY AND BELONGING.]

One day a little girl stops to look at Corduroy and tells her Mother that he is the bear she has always wanted. The Mother explains to her daughter that they have spent too much money already and points out a flaw in Corduroy, he is missing a button. [MORAL: IF YOU CAN'T SAY SOMETHING NICE, THEN DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL!] The girl is very obedient and doesn't make a scene (like some children would today) and walks away with her Mother. [MORAL: RESPECT AND OBEY YOUR PARENTS.]

Corduroy decides to go look for his button that night. The INTRIGUING part here is Freeman doesn't state WHY Corduroy is looking for his button--is it to look better in order to get a home? (I really don't think so, nothing in this book is about vanity.) Why then? Answering that question is left up to each individual reader. [MORAL: LOOK FOR THE GOOD INSTEAD OF THE BAD IN PEOPLE AND THAT GOES FOR BEARS TOO!]

The next day, still buttonless, Corduroy wakes up to the warm smile of the girl who came to see him the day before. She introduces herself as Lisa and tells Corduroy that he "is going to be [her] very own bear." She continues to explain that she counted her money in her piggy bank and her Mother said she could bring him home. [MORAL: PATIENCE AND SAVING MONEY.] She lovingly carried him home in her arms.

Corduroy looked around the room. "This must be home," he said. "I know I've always wanted a home!" As Lisa sat down to sew a button on his shirt to make him more comfortable she said the sweetest thing, something every child (OK ALL OF US) need to hear: "I LIKE YOU JUST THE WAY YOU ARE." And they give each other a hug.[BASIC NEED: LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE!]

I highly and wholeheartedly recommend this to children of ALL AGES! I give this my highest rating! Every child should own this endearing classic!
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Children's favorite bear who is left on the department store shelf until a little girl empties her piggy bank to buy him and lovingly sews a button on his green corduroy overalls.
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A treasured story of a little stuffed bear who needs a button and a friend. Wonderful christmas story.
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A sweet story that stands the test of time!
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As a kid I made my Mom read this book to me over and over again. It has always been a favorite of mine. I still have my old copy and look forward to reading to my own children one day!
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amandaseals avatar reviewed Corduroy on + 5 more book reviews
Another great book from the Corduroy series. We've loved them all.
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This classic brought back sweet memories of my own childhood. I'm so glad to be able to read it to my children now. My boys love searching the pictures along with Corduroy as he searches for his button. This book is very engaging for my children. I love that the little girl uses her own money to buy Corduroy in the end. It briefly illustrates the rewards of saving and earning to small children. And that she sews a button on Corduroy in the last pages illustrates caring for what we have worked hard to gain. Love the book!
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Family favorite. A teddy bear passed up on the shelf because of a flaw (a missing button). The girl comes back and buy the bear the next day and mends him. Happily ever after :-)