A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this gentle story is perfectly suited for young children. The illustrations are humorous, bright, and highly appealing, and the story is set against a backdrop of multiethnic characters who live harmoniously in an urban neighborhood.
What's the story?
Someone wants a pocket! On a trip to the laundromat with his best friend, Lisa, the adorable bear discovers that his green overalls are missing something. When Corduroy embarks on an exciting search, he ends up lost! Although he doesn't find a pocket, Lisa finds him -- and that's what's really important.
Is it any good?
This Corduroy companion story has all the charm of the original with a gentle but lively plot and highly descriptive pictures. As in the original tale, author Don Freeman's watercolor illustrations are irresistible. The detail and vivid facial expressions will enable even the youngest in the recommended age group to understand the text simply by looking at the pictures. (One 3-year-old "read" the book using just the pictures as a storyline guide.) Older kids can't resist Corduroy's charm, either. A group of 6-year-olds loved it, and they unanimously voted the scene "when Corduroy slid down the soap slide" as their favorite part.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Corduroy's curiosity and how, sometimes, wandering off and getting lost can be dangerous. Kids: Have you ever been to a laundromat? If not, have you ever helped your mom or dad do the laundry? Why did Corduroy want a pocket so badly? Do you like having pockets in your clothes? What kinds of things do you keep in them?