7502045Corduroy, a toy bear, has been sitting on a department store shelf so long that one of his buttons from his overalls is missing.  While shopping one day, a girl, Lisa, and her mother happened to pass by that shelf when Lisa spotted him.  Oh, how she wanted that bear so very much, but her mother told her that she had spent all she was going to spend that day.  The mother then noticed the missing button, making Corduroy less than a desirable toy anyway.  So Corduroy was left upon the shelf again.  That night after the store had closed, Corduroy decided to search the department store for his button, only to get himself into some trouble while disturbing the night watchman too.  The next day, Lisa comes back with money from her piggy bank to buy Corduroy.  She also knows how to sew on buttons.

Corduroy is a simple story of need, love, and caring, one that children of all ages have been enjoying since 1968 when it was originally published by The Viking Press.

This delightful children’s classic keeps families reading and rereading, generation to generation.

Reading Level: 3 – 5 Years

In 2007, the National Education Association named Corduroy one of its “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.”
School Library Journal named Corduroy one of the “Top 100 Picture Books” of all time in a 2012 poll.

Author and Illustrator
Don Freeman (1908 – 1978) 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.  Mr. Freeman’s son has set up this website to learn more about Mr. Freeman, his art, and his books:  http://donfreeman.info/
For the story behind this charming book, Corduroy, go to http://donfreeman.info/childrens-books/the-story-behind-corduroy/

Book Information

  • ISBN-13: 9780140501735
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1976
  • Series: Corduroy Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.13 (d)

On 6/22/2014, I reviewed this book on my original book blog. 


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