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A Pocket for Corduroy Paperback – 1980

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140503528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140503524
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, you child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. A Pocket for Corduroy was one of her picks. Since the story is well summarized here at Amazon.com, I would like to focus on why the story is an important one to share.
First, Lisa is shown as being not such a young child. Yet she carries her teddy bear, Corduroy, with her openly. No one comments on that, shames her about it, or acts as though she is doing anything strange. Children draw great comfort from familiar objects, teddy bears, blankets, and other stuffed toys. This book endorses that connection, overcoming the stalled thinking that children must quickly become little adults.
Second, Lisa helps her Mother do the laundry as her primary focus. That shows a connectedness to her Mother and the family that is very encouraging for a child. She can make a contribution although she is a child.
Third, Lisa makes every attempt to be responsible about Corduroy. She tells Corduroy to wait in a chair and not to move. She tries to find Corduroy before leaving the laundromat, and gets her Mother to agree to come back again the next day to find him. Although she is sad, she overcomes her reluctance to be separated and leaves.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
In this sequel to the original "Corduroy" tale, the little furry one accompanies Lisa and her mom to do the family wash. As he overhears Lisa's mom telling her to clean out the pockets in the clothes, Corduroy realizes his overalls don't have pockets and he thinks he'd better go remedy that situation right now. The rest of the book is a "bear's eye" view of the sights, smells, and sounds of an inner-city laundromat. What I love most about the Corduroy books and characters are that they show everyday life as I wish it could be--where strangers take a moment to do kindnesses for one another, and even a little innocent fellow who needs help can find it without having to ask. The original Corduroy book was a gift to my daughter. I bought this sequel for myself as much as I did for her. Parents and kids, curl up and enjoy this together!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Melissa P. Cooper on January 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
In this installment of Corduroy's adventures with Lisa, we see that some time has passed since she first brought him home from the department store. She's taller, wearing her hair a little straighter, and her mom looks like she had a makeover, too. Corduroy, however, is wearing the same green overalls he did in the first book and has managed to keep both buttons on this time. Early on in the book, however, Corduroy decides he needs a pocket, and in the search for one gets separated from Lisa and her mom while they are in the laundromat. They leave without him, setting him up for a meeting with a friendly stranger who washes his overalls for him, as well as encounters with such laundromat staples as powder detergent and pushcarts.
As in the first book, Lisa comes back for him the next day, and once again her needle and thread come to the rescue.
This book and "Corduroy" are the only two Corduroy books my daughter and I have read. I wonder if there are others, and what kind of sartorial splendor Corduroy will be arrayed in next if the trend continued!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arlolikesstickers on January 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My 2 1/2 year old adores this book. In fact, I have had to make a rule of no more than twice a day. He calls it the "laundry book". I must disagree about the caged bear scene being frightening. My son specifically requests the caged bear scene and is obviously not scared in the least. It is a sweet tale of a little girl and her little bear. I love how the author uses some big words in a children's book. My son's vocabulary has grown exponentially!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy on September 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I likeed this book for my daughter. She loves the Corduroy character and identifies well with the book. The same characters from the previous Corduroy series, Lisa, and her mother and new ones like the artist, and the laundromat manager. Corduroy remains the same mischevious bear as he wonders away in search of a pocket. The story line is great for 3+ age group as it teaches children about what what goes on at a laundromat and other social skills like staying near mom or dad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I really liked the book A Pocket for Corduroy. The pictures are colorful and full of details that go along with the story. Corduroy is a curious bear looking for a pocket to put on his pants. While he is looking for his pocket, he finds himself in many different adventurous situations in a laundromat. This book allows the child to use his/her imagination. It also teaches children to be helpful to others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2015
Format: Hardcover
One day, Corduroy, a stuffed bear, goes with Lisa, his owner, and her mother to do laundry at the laundromat. As Lisa’s mom reminds her to empty her pockets, Corduroy decides he needs a pocket on his overalls and sets out on a search to find one. What might he find along the way? Will he wander completely away from Lisa?

This is a sweet and fun book that I think I might like better than the original. The reason for this is the creativity of what Corduroy runs across in the laundromat and what he thinks it might be. We, of course, know better, but his guesses make perfect sense from his experiences. The pictures are wonderful and expertly capture the story.

If you are a fan of this stuffed bear’s first adventure, don’t hesitate to get this one. And if you’ve missed Corduroy, by all means meet him soon.
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