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Corduroy (original 1968; edition 2008)

by Don Freeman (Author)

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Title:Corduroy
Authors:Don Freeman (Author)
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Tags:friendship, bears, buttons, little girl, store, lost, belonging

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Corduroy by Don Freeman (1968)

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Corduroy is about a teddy bear that is in a toy store but he is constantly overlooked because he is missing a button and does not look new. A little girl overlooks his missing button and still purchases even though he did not look "new". This cute little story that has an underlying message to it. I read this book when I was younger and remembered that their was a message that it is good not always focus on the appearance of an individual. This book has always been a classic because although it is simplistic in terms of the amount of text, there is still a great plot that leads to a message. Although, younger children may not understand this message, this book is still a great read for them. ( )
  abenne6 | Oct 22, 2014 |
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Yet another one of my classics from my childhood. Corduroy is one of the most loved bears in children's literature. The message of the story shows that judging a book by its cover isnt the way to look at things and that being a good friend goes a long way. The way Lisa did not only see the bear as broken and used, she saw him as someone to love and take care of.

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THe children's book, "Corduroy", is about a bear named Corduroy who has been on the shelf at a department store for a long time. One day a little girl sees him on the shelf and asks her mother for the bear, but the mother says that he does not look new and is missing a button. Corduroy had not noticed he was missing a button so during the night he went searching for his button. Unfortunately Corduroy did not find his button but in the morning guess who has there to take him home, Lisa! Corduroy now had someone to love him and a home to share with Lisa. ( )
  mnorth2 | Sep 26, 2014 |
I really enjoyed reading the book Corduroy. This book is about a teddy bear at a toy store who wants a friend to buy him and take him home. A little girl catches a glimpse of Corduroy and wants to buy him but her mother points out that he is missing a button. Corduroy is very upset about his button and frantically searches the store in search of it. The next day the same little girl came back to buy him, even though he still didn’t have a button. The girl was so excited about having a new friend to play with and she even sewed on a brand new button! Corduroy finally found a home and a child to love him. This story has a great message behind it. A lot of people may have passed by Corduroy because of his appearance, but this little girl overlooked his flaw. Even though her mother told her that she shouldn’t buy Corduroy, she still wanted him. The fact that she fixed him and called him her friend really makes the story touching. One great thing about the text in this book is that it has a lot of inner and outer dialogue. ( )
  HeatherBallard | Sep 25, 2014 |
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Corduroy is about a bear who has always longed for someone to take him home. Day after day he waited patiently. One day a little girl by the name of Lisa saw him and wanted him but her mother told her no because he was missing a button. So, Corduroy later the evening when shoppers had left and the store was closed went off to look for his missing button. He wondered all over the department store. He was discovered hiding on a mattress after he knocked over a floor lamp thinking he found his button. He was returned back to the shelf when in the morning Lisa returned to purchase and take him home. She fixed him up and there a friendship began.
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Corduroy is a nice book to help with talking about friendship. It helps you to see that no matter how different you may be that there is still someone out there still looking for a friend. I loved how Lisa even came back to get him even after her mother told her no because she loved that bear from the moment she saw him.
Classroom extension
1. I would create an art activity using multi cultural paint and have the children paint themselves on a butcher paper to show that no matter how different we are we are all the same.
2. I would also talk about different friendship and how each one of us are special.
3. In an older group I would have them make freindship bracelets using different color yarn. That would show them that no matter how different something is that once it is put together it can still be beautiful. ( )
  theresa.moultrie | Sep 25, 2014 |
This book reminds me that it doesn't matter how you look like cause someone out there will accept you for who you are. The bear was missing a button on his overall and no one wanted to buy him except the little girl cause she saw something in him. It was probably the missing button that caught her eyes. She spent all she had in her piggy bank to buy him. Even thought she accepted him she didn't want him to have a missing button so she sewed one for him. ( )
  thnguyen | Sep 22, 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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