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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 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 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)

30 review for Corduroy (with DVD-R)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Corduroy, the world's sweetest felon, is the star of two books about breaking and entering. In his debut here, he rambles Mixed-Up Filesianly through a department store at night, breaking shit. dude let's trash this place In the sequel, Cor2roy, he hides out in a laundromat after a confusing encounter with a beret-wearing artist who talks like a hillbilly. Once again he leaves the place trashed. something something watch the world burn He's caught both times - the first time by a cop, the second tim Corduroy, the world's sweetest felon, is the star of two books about breaking and entering. In his debut here, he rambles Mixed-Up Filesianly through a department store at night, breaking shit. dude let's trash this place In the sequel, Cor2roy, he hides out in a laundromat after a confusing encounter with a beret-wearing artist who talks like a hillbilly. Once again he leaves the place trashed. something something watch the world burn He's caught both times - the first time by a cop, the second time because he traps himself in a laundry basket and falls asleep, nice work Cheech. And why doesn't he end up in jail? Because look at him, all innocent-looking with one strap undone: Who Wore It Better? He gets away with all of it. Anyway this was my kid's favorite book when he was two, and we read it many times. He's over it now; he's moved on to Paddington, so we might be sensing a theme here. The theme is bears who can't get their shit together, do you realize that the entire plot of every Paddington story is he loses a sandwich? But who am I to judge. I once tried that thing from Breakfast Club where they climb through the space above a drop ceiling. It's much harder than it looks and I got in more trouble than Corduroy did. Maybe I should have tried the overalls thing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brian Yahn

    Corduory is the tried-and-true story of an outcast toy in search of an owner/happiness. As a sort of allegory for that, he's also missing a button. And at the end he finds them both. It's well written, well illustrated, but the only adventure Corduroy goes on is up an escalator in a mall--not exactly the most exciting thing. On top of that, it doesn't really have any surprises or twists or ups-and-downs. The Velveteen Rabbit just seems like a much better version of the same story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    I'm not entirely sure why, but when reading this book aloud, I'm always compelled to give Corduroy a (very bad) British accent. I think I mix him up with Paddington in my head. But [SPOILER ALERT], there's no marmalade in this book. Lots of hullabaloo about buttons, though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andre Gonzalez

    I remember reading this as a child and now enjoy reading it to my little girl!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Donalda Donni

    This is my second favorite book ever. It was the first book I ever read that had a lead character that looked like me. (And no, I don't mean the bear.) The little Black girl, (Penny, I think?) was well groomed and cared for, and SO nice. People out there who've always had characters in books and magazines who look like them won't 'get it'. The significance will be lost on them I fear. But it's instances like that that help establish a child's self-esteem and community worth. Besides, it was a s This is my second favorite book ever. It was the first book I ever read that had a lead character that looked like me. (And no, I don't mean the bear.) The little Black girl, (Penny, I think?) was well groomed and cared for, and SO nice. People out there who've always had characters in books and magazines who look like them won't 'get it'. The significance will be lost on them I fear. But it's instances like that that help establish a child's self-esteem and community worth. Besides, it was a sweet story, non-religious based, that showed how to be a good person. Oh, and the shopping one-on-one with Mom was pretty significant too... said the girl with three siblings.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Corduroy was one of my childhood favorites and I still love it! I am struggling to write an adequate review, and since I am pressed for time I will just say for now that I love everything about it! I feel all the emotions are conveyed so well, from Corduroy's loneliness to the girl's sense of finding a "kindred spirit" in the bear, to Corduroy's wish to find the button to make himself more appealing, to his glorious adventure (oh, how I loved that escalator "mountain" and the many fabulous mattr Corduroy was one of my childhood favorites and I still love it! I am struggling to write an adequate review, and since I am pressed for time I will just say for now that I love everything about it! I feel all the emotions are conveyed so well, from Corduroy's loneliness to the girl's sense of finding a "kindred spirit" in the bear, to Corduroy's wish to find the button to make himself more appealing, to his glorious adventure (oh, how I loved that escalator "mountain" and the many fabulous mattresses, and tugging and tugging to get that button off!), to the fright with the night watchman and finally Lisa coming back with her own money to bring Corduroy home and sewing on the button, not because she felt anything was wrong with him, but so he would feel more comfortable. I love the end, with the realization of what it feels like to have a true friend. And the illustrations have always captivated me! I am so grateful a GoodReads friend alerted me to the 40th Anniversary edition. It is just wonderful! I love the format (with the letters between Don and his editor being "real" letters you can pull out of envelopes, and facsimile versions at that) and the glimpse into the writer-editor relationship. The manuscript draft where his editor makes her comments is so enlightening and would interest anyone who is or is interested in being a writer, I think (it's great to see that even genius authors like Don Freeman needed that collaboration and other insight to make their work truly sparkle). The only thing I didn't really like in the format is that it seemed really jarring to go from the vivid correspondence to turning the page and seeing it covered with newspaper clipping of Freeman's obituary. Though it did provide some great insight into more facets of his life, I guess I would have liked something a bit gentler. I also would have liked to know a bit more about the children to whom he dedicated the book and spoke of in his correspondence (I guess they might be relations of the editor, perhaps?) All in all, though, I highly recommend the 40th Anniversary edition to anyone who is a fan of the book or looking at a bygone era of author-editor relationships.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leah Craig

    Got to read one of my old favorites to the kids at work today :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Why five stars? Because I can, and if you don't like it, I'll see to it that you have a nipple ripped off, and that there's no little girl around to sew it back on you! This book was awesome when I was a kid, and it still is. However, the escalator scared me because I always thought it was going to eat Corduroy. See, even as a child I was fucked up in the head; a great big ball of fear, ha ha. The security guard was a little scary too. Plus, he's a little bear all alone in the mall after closing Why five stars? Because I can, and if you don't like it, I'll see to it that you have a nipple ripped off, and that there's no little girl around to sew it back on you! This book was awesome when I was a kid, and it still is. However, the escalator scared me because I always thought it was going to eat Corduroy. See, even as a child I was fucked up in the head; a great big ball of fear, ha ha. The security guard was a little scary too. Plus, he's a little bear all alone in the mall after closing time. He was all alone, and couldn't find the button for his overalls. This book was traumatizing, but it was still completely AWESOME! It has a feelgood ending to it when he gets his button back, and the little girl takes him home. I don't have a copy of this book; I need to get one. I've been threatening to do it for over a year now so I can read it to my nieces and nephew, but still haven't done it. The date finished is a near approximation. I remember reading along on the television, though I really couldn't read then. This was back when TV would show the pictures that were in the book, and a narrator would read what was on that page. I'd sit Indian style in front of the TV, and just watch it. I think I watched/read this book/show several times back then. Maybe it was on Mr. Rogers? I can't remember.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rossy

    I think I've found a new favorite book. What is this stuff falling from my eyes? YES, I'M CRYING. My heart breaks and melts for stuffed animals and dolls, "You must be a friend". <3 <3 <3 Corduroy, the cutest teddy bear, and a lonely one too, meets a little girl who will be her friend, and it was love at first sight. TEARS <3 pd: My heart can't take this.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nevena

    I accidentally ran into this book on the goodreads homepage and it brought the tears of joy to my eyes! This was probably my favorite picture book when I was a child! Since it's in English, my mother had to read it to me because I didn't learn English until I was 10. It had the most beautiful pictures ever, and the story was so beautiful. During the recent house cleaning I re-discovered this book again, and I read it on my own, probably for the first time in my whole life! I have put it safe and s I accidentally ran into this book on the goodreads homepage and it brought the tears of joy to my eyes! This was probably my favorite picture book when I was a child! Since it's in English, my mother had to read it to me because I didn't learn English until I was 10. It had the most beautiful pictures ever, and the story was so beautiful. During the recent house cleaning I re-discovered this book again, and I read it on my own, probably for the first time in my whole life! I have put it safe and sound on my book shelf, where it will stay until I have children or nephews of my own to read this wonderful book to.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sanja_Sanjalica

    Nice, warm and fun.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    A classic sweet tale of a little bear that finds a home in a little girl's heart.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Whole And

    I’ve fallen in love with Corduroy. Just like Lisa, the little girl in Don Freeman’s children’s book, who buys Corduroy from the toy department with her piggy bank savings. Corduroy sadly believes that his missing button is why he’s still on the shelf instead of at home with the little girl so he goes on a search to find his button. Lisa reappears and buys Corduroy anyway, loving him whole, despite his missing button. Once at home with Lisa, she sews a new button for Corduroy but says “I like you t I’ve fallen in love with Corduroy. Just like Lisa, the little girl in Don Freeman’s children’s book, who buys Corduroy from the toy department with her piggy bank savings. Corduroy sadly believes that his missing button is why he’s still on the shelf instead of at home with the little girl so he goes on a search to find his button. Lisa reappears and buys Corduroy anyway, loving him whole, despite his missing button. Once at home with Lisa, she sews a new button for Corduroy but says “I like you the way you are but you’ll be more comfortable with your shoulder strap fastened.”Truly moved by this loving statement, I emphasized for my daughter the message that Corduroy is perfect just the way he is. The button will only make life a little easier for him. I feel this message is so important, for parents to love themselves as they are and extend a wholistic love to their children, particularly in a world where we are inundated with messages attempting to convince us that we are deficient and marketing that sells us things to fill the hole. A second empowering message in this wonderful book is the concept of home. On his button-finding-journey, Corduroy believes he has found a palace (the second floor of the department store) but when Lisa shows him his new room, although much smaller than the palace, he knows he has found a home, something he’s always wanted.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Asha

    I love this cute little book about a bear in green corduroy overalls. It is definitely on my list of books to get for my own child (if I have one). I'd also want to get a Corduroy bear, too.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Marsala

    Another classic children's story that I have never read before. It was originally published in 1968 & to me it has undertones that reflect that time in our history with such great honesty & simplicity. Even though there is a cute little adventure that Corduroy goes on through the dept. store I feel that the main story is Lisa the little girl who sees him & loves him the way he is, so much so that she counts her money to go back and buy him. She takes him home to love & care for b Another classic children's story that I have never read before. It was originally published in 1968 & to me it has undertones that reflect that time in our history with such great honesty & simplicity. Even though there is a cute little adventure that Corduroy goes on through the dept. store I feel that the main story is Lisa the little girl who sees him & loves him the way he is, so much so that she counts her money to go back and buy him. She takes him home to love & care for because she feels a connection to him. I feel like at that time a lot of groups of people had felt that way~ minorities & women especially- that were looking for a friend. A good story for children to learn about the meaning of friendship & responsibility & finding a bond for friendships.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Marcos

    Corduroy has an wholesome, old time feel to it. My toddler daughter and I enjoyed reading this together. I liked seeing things happening through Corduroy's eyes. I was rooting for the little guy to find a home and for someone to look past the fact that he wasn't in perfectly new shape. If we owned this one, I could see my daughter requesting it over and over. This was a Children's Picture Book Club read for the month of December: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/7...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    My mother raised me on Corduroy and now I am continuing tradition with my little one. This book will absolutely always have a special place in my heart.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pablo V

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Boy want to buy the store bear her don’t have money and her want to back home maybe tomorrow you go get the bear and when the bear sleep and the bear want to upstairs and to sleep and the room and the security want to find the bear and her want to find the bear and her put the bear to store and her sleep 😴

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Corduroy bear is on the search for a missing button that has come off his clothes. He finds one that he thinks is it, but it is attached to a mattress where he lives in the department store. He has always wanted to live in a home, and in the end gets his wish.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Brownlee

    One of my all time favorites as a kid. Also one of the reasons I can't get rid of stuffed animals, but I also blame Toy Story for that.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Goshen PL Childrens

    Read at Storytime on June 13th Theme: Classic Stories This was the first pick for Storytime to begin our reading. The kids love Corduroy and his adventure to find his missing button. There might have been some sighs of happiness at the end when he finds a home with Lisa.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    To check out my reviews: http://dancinginth3dark.blogspot.com I remember seeing the cover of this book and I thought I had read it and seen the movie but I mistaken it for The Tangerine Bear which is practically the same story of a toy bear who was abandoned because no one wanted to buy it. I've been cleaning up my Goodreads read pile because I have a ton of books that either I read it and don't remember it or I only read 50% of it and DNF the rest because it was school requirement. Reading now th To check out my reviews: http://dancinginth3dark.blogspot.com I remember seeing the cover of this book and I thought I had read it and seen the movie but I mistaken it for The Tangerine Bear which is practically the same story of a toy bear who was abandoned because no one wanted to buy it. I've been cleaning up my Goodreads read pile because I have a ton of books that either I read it and don't remember it or I only read 50% of it and DNF the rest because it was school requirement. Reading now the story of Corduroy I realized that I have never read it and this book I am afraid is meant for Christmas. I enjoyed the story and figured this would be 5 star material for me but I would have been captured into the story if it were read in the Holidays. Can I just mention that the ending felt less Toy Story and more Chucky? We meet a bear named Corduroy who has a missing button and no one wants to buy him. Then one day he meets this girl and she desperately wants him but her mother refuses to buy the bear because they don't have anymore money for toys and besides it has a missing button. When the bear overhears this statement, Corduroy decides that he is going to fix his button so that way he can find a new home to appreciate it. Corduroy goes through a journey throughout the department store and in end fails to fix his problem but luckily the girl came the next day and finally bought the bear. When there's no humans around, the toys and Corduroy talk exactly like Toy Story and I thought that applied to the ending. But the girl fixes his button and when they hug she mentions how great it is to have a friend and the bear responds. I do not know about you but if a toy stuffed bear started talking I would scream because that's not what's supposed to happen. Toys can't talk or could they? Growing up I always thought toys talked to each other thanks to Toy Story and I always tried to sneak up to my room and capture them in the act but always failed. That ending gave me the creepy Chucky vibe and I hope it's because I'm older and the general consensus for children. The illustrations are great and I wished they had discontinued this series after the author had passed away because he only wrote two Corduroy books in total and when I saw that long list I got upset because you ruined the whole point of publishing a classic children's book. Hopefully the sequel is as good as the original!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Malina Skrobosinski

    This was my favorite book as a very young child. I bet I carried this book EVERYWHERE!!! Such a classic!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    I dont usually review my son's books but this one in particular really knaws at me for some reason. It has consistently been in the Must Read book list for children since its publication in late 1960s. Although they say the book is about a teddy bear having an adventure and finding a home but when reading the book it seemed to me that the whole theme revolved around consumerism. The little teddy in green overalls lives at a department store waiting for someone to buy him. A little girl once stops I dont usually review my son's books but this one in particular really knaws at me for some reason. It has consistently been in the Must Read book list for children since its publication in late 1960s. Although they say the book is about a teddy bear having an adventure and finding a home but when reading the book it seemed to me that the whole theme revolved around consumerism. The little teddy in green overalls lives at a department store waiting for someone to buy him. A little girl once stops but her mother instead of having a discussion on weather she really needs another toy, pocket money, or such thing, says that the bear looks old and that she has spent too much already on herself and therefore cannot spent more to buy a toy. Not only does this sound selfish but also says a lot about lack of self control on part of the mother. (which is not something a child should know even if its true.) So, the child leaves and then comes back to the store. This time alone! She buys the same teddy but with the money in her piggybank. In essence, the child learns that her mother has lots to spend for her own things but not for toys, and that she does not need her parents' approval on what or whether to buy anything as long as shes using her own pocketmoney. Anyway, not a good read if one wants to teach good spending habits to kids.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Dale Rogers

    A memory forgotten is what comes to mind with Corduroy. As a child I read this book and fell in love. "It couldn't be because I had 50 stuffed animals or more." Corduroy was published in 1968 by Viking Press. On October 2, 2008 parents and teachers across the globe read Corduroy in unison as part of the Jumpstart program. Jumpstart is a nonprofit national organization aimed at helping prepare preschool children to succeed in primary education. One busy day at the department store children are play A memory forgotten is what comes to mind with Corduroy. As a child I read this book and fell in love. "It couldn't be because I had 50 stuffed animals or more." Corduroy was published in 1968 by Viking Press. On October 2, 2008 parents and teachers across the globe read Corduroy in unison as part of the Jumpstart program. Jumpstart is a nonprofit national organization aimed at helping prepare preschool children to succeed in primary education. One busy day at the department store children are playing with all the toys. Corduroy, a teddy bear, kindly waits for someone to take him home. A young girl named Lisa falls in love with Corduroy but her mother says NO making a remark about his missing button. Corduroy is sad. After all the customer leave Corduroy is on a mission to find the lost button. From escalators to the security guard Corduroy never finds his button. The next day Lisa comes back to the store, she buys Corduroy and brings him home. At home Lisa sews Corduroy a new button on his overhauls. They are both happy. Freeman reminds of all of the love we had for our toys.

  26. 4 out of 5

    midnightfaerie

    Having several Corduroy books, I was curious to read this one, seeing as how it's the one that shows Corduroy's beginnings. Nothing unique or original about this story, it falls between a level 1 and level 2 reading level for children. Nothing about it really held the attention of my kids, and so we weren't impressed. The illustrations were probably its only redeeming quality and even those didn't stand out too much.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Benjamingibbs

    Not convinced that Corduroy really should find his lost button in the first place. Sends message that he is not worth buying unless someone fixes his button problem. Overall, disturbing and unamerican.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    You must be a friend...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Valerie (Howler_Puff)

    Read In February I loved reading this to my son. He enjoyed it as well. Such a classic, love it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kellene

    My reading challenge included the category "a book from your past that always makes you smile" and I knew immediately what I was going to read. I read this book to my brothers when they were small and continued the tradition with my children when they came along. It is one of my all time favorite books, and today, on my brother's 40th birthday, it brings a smile to my face (and maybe a tear) and some wonderful memories. Definitely one to share with the little ones in your life, and the Corduroy My reading challenge included the category "a book from your past that always makes you smile" and I knew immediately what I was going to read. I read this book to my brothers when they were small and continued the tradition with my children when they came along. It is one of my all time favorite books, and today, on my brother's 40th birthday, it brings a smile to my face (and maybe a tear) and some wonderful memories. Definitely one to share with the little ones in your life, and the Corduroy in theirs.

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