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Corduroy (Book and Bear) by Don Freeman
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Corduroy (Book and Bear) (original 1968; edition 2008)

by Don Freeman

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Title:Corduroy (Book and Bear)
Authors:Don Freeman
Info:Viking Juvenile (2008), Edition: Har/Toy, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, classic, friendship, dedication, fantasy, acceptance, reluctant readers

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Corduroy by Don Freeman (1968)

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Summary: Corduroy is a teddy bear in a department store for sale, and he has a button missing. Day after day he sits there on his shelf with all the other animals and dolls just waiting to be bought. A little girl comes up to him and begs her mother to buy him, but the mother claims she has spent to much money already and that Corduroy does not look new due to his missing button for his shoulder strap. That night Corduroy goes on a hunt for his button so he will look new. He finds the department for furniture and finds buttons on a big mattress however he can't get the button off the bed. He breaks a lamp and the night guard finds him and takes him back to his shelf. The next morning the little girl from the day before comes back to buy him with her own money. She takes him home, fixes his button and even has a bed for Corduroy. He now has a friend and a home.

Personal Reaction: This story was one of my favorites that my parents read to me at night. This is a great story for children of any age to read.

Classroom Extension Ideas: 1. Have my students write a story of their favorite stuffed animal they have had in their lifetime.
2. Show and tell the next day of that said animal. ( )
  LynleeRae | Sep 14, 2014 |
Corduroy is a teddy bear in a department store. One day he finds out that he's missing a button so he goes on an adventure in the store to find it. The next day a little girl comes back to buy him and bring him home.
  LizinHillsdale | Aug 1, 2014 |
This was one of my favorite picture books growing up. The adventure that the bear goes on in the department store was exciting to read. 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.
  gmo2 | Jul 22, 2014 |
Summary: Corduroy is locked in a department store at night and lives the dream of many. The shoppers have all gone home and it’s just him and all of the merchandise. During the day, he lost a button and so he goes to look for it. He ends up in the furniture section which to him, looks like a palace. The nightwatchman hears something when Corduroy thinks he found his button and finds him. He puts him back on the shelf where he came from. The next day, a little girl decides to buy him and she takes him home. he now has a home and a best friend.
Genre: Picture Book
Review: This book was another one of my favorites growing up. Corduroy is such an adventurous little bear and I always loved reading about his journeys. This is really great for children in the classroom when it is story time. I remember in my class, when we read this, Corduroy the bear actually came in and sat with us.
  mroque | Jun 8, 2014 |
Corduroy by Don Freeman, Don Freeman (Illustrator) • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group • Publication date: 9/28/1976 • Pages: 32 The story about a bears life in a department store, how he isn’t purchased because of a missing button. He begins his journey throughout the store looking for a new button so he will be bought, the next day the little girl comes back and buys Corduroy and gives him a new button. This is an adorable book that lets children know that even if they have flaws they are still special.
  joey_spencer | May 13, 2014 |
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To Sally Elizabeth Kildow and Patrick Steven Duff Kildow, who know how a bear feels about buttons
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Corduroy is a bear who once lived in a toy department of a big store.
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Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. It's a brave new world! He accidentally gets on an elevator that he thinks must be a mountain and sees the furniture section that he thinks must be a palace. He tries to pull a button off the mattress, but he ends up falling off the bed and knocking over a lamp. The night watchman hears the crash, finds Corduroy, and puts him back on the shelf downstairs. The next morning, he finds that it's his lucky day! A little girl buys him with money she saved in her piggy bank and takes him home to her room. Corduroy decides that this must be home and that Lisa must be his friend. Youngsters will never get tired of this toy-comes-alive tale with a happy ending, so you may also want to seek out Dan Freeman's next creation, A Pocket for Corduroy. (Ages 3 to 8)
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Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. It's a brave new world! He accidentally gets on an elevator that he thinks must be a mountain and sees the furniture section that he thinks must be a palace. He tries to pull a button off the mattress, but he ends up falling off the bed and knocking over a lamp. The night watchman hears the crash, finds Corduroy, and puts him back on the shelf downstairs. The next morning, he finds that it's his lucky day! A little girl buys him with money she saved in her piggy bank and takes him home to her room. Corduroy decides that this must be home and that Lisa must be his friend. Youngsters will never get tired of this toy-comes-alive tale with a happy ending, so you may also want to seek out Dan Freeman's next creation, A Pocket for Corduroy. (Ages 3 to 8)

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A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.

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