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Corduroy - Don Freeman

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Don Freeman / Edition: Open market ed / Paperback / Reading Level: Baby-Preschool / 32 Pages / Book is published 1978-06-29 by Puffin Books

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      22.06.2010 14:45
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      This book will delight children now as much as it did 50 years ago. Perfect bedtime story.

      Ages: 3-8

      This book is another of my own childhood favourites. It was written and illustrated in 1968 by Don Freeman.

      The story:
      Corduroy is a small stuffed bear with green overalls who lives on a toy shelf in a large department store. More than anything, he wants to belong to a child, but he always passed over. At last a girl, Lisa, sees him and wants him. Her mother has already spent to much that day, and points out that he does not look new as he is missing a button from his overalls. This sends Corduroy on an adventure through the department store in search of his lost button. Although the button is not found, Lisa has come back the next day with her own savings from her piggy bank, to take him home.

      The children's opinion: My 5 year old quite enjoys this book at bedtime. It doesnt much interest the baby, but it is for an older age group.

      My opinion: I absolutely love this book. The illustrations are a bit simple, but have an almost magical charm. The expressions drawn on the girl Lisa are so realistic you can almost see the joy in the child's face. The storyline itself is also rather simple, but very touching, as Corduroy at last finds love even if he is not perfect. the story is also a bit like going back in time. My son noticed the peoples clothes looked different, and didnt even know what a department store was when we first read this two years ago.

      There is also a sequel to this book, a Pocket for Corduroy also written and illustrated by Don Freeman, a number of other books, with Don Freeman working with other authors or illustrators. While the drawinfs become much more polished in many of these, I feel they lose something of the original charm.

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