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Heartwarming, humorous picture-book classic.





What parents need to know

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 incredibly inspiring one. Their friendship encourages readers to look past a person's flaws and appreciate them just the way they are. Don Freeman is able to give Corduroy a voice - one that shares his gratitude with Lisa for not only accepting him but making him feel comfortable in his green overalls. The two portray a connection between kid and doll that many readers can relate to.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a timeless story completely suited to young children. The illustrations are bold, bright, and highly appealing. The story speaks to many themes, including friendship, courage, and hope.

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Kids say

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 story line, 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. 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.

Families can talk 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 is very special to you?

Book details

Author:Don Freeman
Illustrator:Don Freeman
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Penguin Group
Publication date:April 11, 1968
Number of pages:32

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Teen, 16 years old Written byAmber b February 15, 2011

This book is perfect for any child learning to read also it is very interesting.

i love it!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 7 year old Written byeswanson April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

A classic

The Common Sense review summarizes much of the good stuff abt this book but I wanted to add one more thing - Lisa, the girl who takes Corduroy home, is not white (it looks like she's black or hispanic). It's hard to find good books with minority main characters and this one is so readily available at libraries everywhere.
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


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