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A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman (1978)

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I liked this book for many reasons. In the story Corduroy goes on an adventure to the laundromat. He then realizes that he doesn’t have a pocket, so he sets out to get one. This story is great for the reader to follow along with the different places in the laundromat that Corduroy goes. For some readers this is a cultural experience because not everyone has laundromats in their towns. The big idea in this story is that if you need something you have to tell someone. Corduroy gets lost in the laundromat overnight and in the morning his owner finds him. She sews him on his own pocket and explains that if he would have asked her in the first place she could have helped him.
  JessicaSparacino | Feb 22, 2016 |
I liked this book for two reasons. First, there is a well-organized plot. Each page of the story formed together to create a plot with an exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. The exposition, or the beginning, of this story is where the setting is established. The setting of this story is in the laundromat. The rising action is where the conflict is introduced. The rising action of this story would be when Lisa’s mother tells Lisa to empty her pockets. At this moment is when Corduroy explains the conflict, or the problem of the story: he doesn’t have any pockets. The falling action is the point in the story where the action starts to wind down. The falling action in A Pocket for Corduroy is when Corduroy begins to search the laundromat for pockets. Lastly, the resolution is the end of the story. The resolution of this story is when Lisa creates a pocket and name tag for her stuffed teddy bear. Second, the illustrations really enhance the story. The color on each page is vivid and go along with the text. The illustrations also help me to better visualize some of the descriptions, such as when Corduroy jumps into the box of soap flakes. The message of this story is to always ask for help. Corduroy got lost while on a search for a pocket that he wanted so badly. Lisa could not find Corduroy until the next day, and when she did find him all he did was ask for a pocket and she created him one instantly. ( )
  MackenzieYee | Feb 19, 2016 |
In my opinion, this is a wonderful book for a couple reasons. One reason I liked the book is that the character Corduroy is well-developed by the author. Corduroy’s determination is exemplified when the author wrote “without hesitation, he climbed inside the big which was filled with pieces of wet laundry.” Once Corduroy set his mind to getting a pocket, he was going to do whatever he had to, to get one. Another reason I enjoyed this book was because of the multi-cultural characters and setting. The laundromat is busy with neighbors of different ethnicities. The illustrations on the third page depict a setting of a man with a beret, an older woman with a scarf over her head, and a father with his daughter. The final example of the multicultural characters in the book is when the author writes the managers dialect. For example when Lisa, Corduroy’s owner, comes to get corduroy the manger says “Is this what you’re looking for, Senorita?” The big message in this book is to don’t be afraid to ask your friends for help when you need it. ( )
  Rvealey | Feb 19, 2016 |
A Pocket for Corduroy is one of my favorite childhood books and I was interested to see how it looked as a board book.

It was...kind of disappointing to be honest. If you haven't read it before, it's the second book in the Corduroy series. Having finally found a home with Lisa, Corduroy accompanies Lisa and her mom to the laundromat. There he gets the idea to go hunting for a pocket - and ends up going through the washing machine! After being left behind and having some adventures at the laundromat, he's greatly relieved when Lisa comes back to get him. Happily, he also gets his pocket and his name in it, so he won't get lost again!

Freeman's classic illustrations are instantly recognizable, with glowing colors, lots of sketchy lines, and interesting characters and settings. This was probably one of the first books I read as a child that featured African-American characters in a normal, every day setting.

So, this is a classic and one that definitely stands the test of time. What's not to like? Well....it's just really not a good book for a board book edition. Freeman's illustrations lose much of their charm and detail when they're squashed into a 4x7 inch book and the text is far too dense for a board book audience. That's not to say that parents won't enjoy introducing this classic to their little ones, who may also enjoy picking out the colors, the bear, and hearing part of the story, but this is one that would be better off kept as a picture book.

Verdict: This might make a nice gift to a Corduroy or Freeman fan, but if your library needs more Freeman, update the picture book collection, not the board books.

ISBN: 9780451471130; Board book edition published 2015 by Viking/Penguin; Review copy provided by publisher
  JeanLittleLibrary | Jan 3, 2016 |
It's a series book and children love these kinds of books. ( )
  jahmyia | Nov 17, 2015 |
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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.

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A toy bear who wants a pocket for himself searches for one in a laundromat.

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