Book review by
Mary LeCompte, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Sweet, heartwarming picture-book classic.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 8 reviews

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Stands out for positive role models.

Educational Value

Shows the basics of a shopping trip -- and a typical scenario where a kid wants something but the parent doesn't buy it on that trip. 

Positive Messages

Corduroy makes the bold decision to leave the comforts of his department store shelf in search for the one thing he believes will change his life for the better. Longing to impress a little girl who had stopped by the store and wished to adopt him, Corduroy encourages readers to keep hope alive and not be afraid to advance beyond their comfort zone in pursuit of something they really want. This children’s book also demonstrates the value of unconditional friendship as Corduroy is able to love and be loved despite his flaws.

Positive Role Models

The relationship between Corduroy and Lisa is an inspiring one. Their friendship encourages readers to look past a person's flaws and appreciate them just the way they are. Corduroy is grateful to Lisa not only for accepting him but also for making him feel comfortable in his green overalls. The two portray a connection between kid and doll that many readers will relate to.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a timeless story about brown-skinned girl who wants a teddy bear, and a teddy bear who yearns to be chosen by a child. It's well-suited to young children, with bold, bright, and illustrations, appealing characters and easily graspable and relatable plot. The story speaks to many themes, including friendship, courage, and hope. And it's a great choice for families looking for books with characters of color

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHaleyDarren December 18, 2019
Parent of an infant and 1-year-old Written byBatfan7 April 13, 2017

Gentle and cute

While there's absolutely nothing objectionable or questionable about this story, it's too verbose to be great for a 2-year old, I think. I own this bo... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 27, 2017

I love this book soooooo much!

This book is probably one of my favorite picture books. My dad used to read it to me. Corduroy lives in a toy shop and is trying to find his lost button from hi... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byAmber b February 15, 2011

What's the story?

Poor Corduroy! Why won't anyone buy him? Could it be because his overalls are missing a button? Late at night the teddy bear searches the store for his button. He never finds it, but he does find a girl who loves him and gives him a home. Heartwarming and humorous, this is a picture-book classic.

Is it any good?

CORDUROY offers children a feel-good storyline, a memorable main character, and charming illustrations. Bright, loosely drawn pictures feature scenes familiar to many children: shelves of toys, department stores, and bedrooms. The characters' facial expressions of sadness, curiosity, and joy are drawn so that even the youngest children can understand much of the story simply by looking at the pictures.

The classic book also offers the added benefit of subtle lessons in good behavior and responsibility. Lisa, the kind little girl who buys and befriends Corduroy, doesn't fuss and cry in the toy department when her mother tells her that she may not buy the bear. When Lisa returns to buy Corduroy the next day, she does so with her mother's blessing and the money from her own piggy bank. Lisa looks past Corduroy's missing button and sees a friend to love.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Corduroy is a special bear. Would you have chosen him at the toy store despite his flaws? Do you have a toy that's very special to you?

  • Have you ever wanted a toy that was a little less than perfect? Do you have toys right now that are missing a part but you still like them and play with them anyway? 

  • Who in your family or among your friends likes you just the way you are? 

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