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Corduroy Gets a Pet Hardcover – March 3, 2011


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About the Author

Don Freeman was born in San Diego, California, in 1908. At an early age, he received a trumpet as a gift from his father. He practiced obsessively and eventually joined a California dance band. After graduating from high school, he ventured to New York City to study art under the tutelage of Joan Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students' League. He managed to support himself throughout his schooling by playing his trumpet evenings, in nightclubs and at weddings.

Gradually, he eased into making a living sketching impressions of Broadway shows for The New York Times and The Herald Tribune. This shift was helped along, in no small part, by a rather heartbreaking incident: he lost his trumpet. One evening, he was so engrossed in sketching people on the subway, he simply forgot it was sitting on the seat beside him. This new career turned out to be a near-perfect fit for Don, though, as he had always loved the theater.

He was introduced to the world of children���s literature when William Saroyan asked him to illustrate several books. Soon after, he began to write and illustrate his own books, a career he settled into comfortably and happily. Through his writing, he was able to create his own theater: "I love the flow of turning the pages, the suspense of what's next. Ideas just come at me and after me. It's all so natural. I work all the time, long into the night, and it's such a pleasure. I don't know when the time ends. I've never been happier in my life!"

Don died in 1978, after a long and successful career. He created many beloved characters in his lifetime, perhaps the most beloved among them a stuffed, overall-wearing bear named Corduroy.

Don Freeman was the author and illustrator of many popular books for children, including Corduroy, A Pocket for Corduroy, and the Caldecott Honor Book Fly High, Fly Low.


In the past 30 years, Lisa McCue has illustrated more than 175 books for children. Lisa���s artwork also appears on fabrics, greeting cards, gift tins, wrapping papers, home d���cor and clothing. She was born in Brooklyn and now lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she isn���t drawing, she can be found on the water racing her sailboat or in the mountains skiing. She loves to read, sew, and bead and is involved in fundraising for ALS.


B.G. Hennessy grew up in Wantagh on Long Island, NY. At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she majored in fine art and learned how to design, print and bind handmade books. She also took courses in Children���s Literature. The combination of form and content in the picture book format fascinated her and after graduation she headed for NYC where she worked for 17 years in children���s book publishing as a designer and art director. She is the author of Road Builders and The First Night, as well as many books starring Corduroy, the loveable toy bear created by Don Freeman. She now lives with her family in Arizona.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Corduroy
  • Hardcover: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; Ltf edition (March 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670012173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670012176
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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B. G. Hennessy has authored over 35 children's books including the entire series of CORDUROY lift-the-flap books. With nearly four million books in print in ten languages, her writing awards and honors include two Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Awards an IRA/Children's Choice Award Book and a Best Book of the Year by the Bank Street College of Education. She recently authored CORDUROY LOST AND FOUND, a companion to Don Freeman's beloved Corduroy bear series. More information on her books can be found at www.bghennessy.com. Ms. Hennessy lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with her family.

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By LORRAINE S. BAILO on April 4, 2013
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We always have a pooch in our family and with Corduroy being such a 'real' character person, he makes it all fun!
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I bought this to read to my 2 yo daughter without looking too closely at the author. The original Corduroy books are very charming and set up a specific type of world. This story is perfectly fine by itself, if I hadn't know about the original Corduroy. But it seems wrong to take the original character and put him in a totally different universe. Now he lives in a world with all talking animals. His human friend is not part of this. It just doesn't feel the same. But if you don't know of the original Corduroy, then up this a star. It has lots of hidden animals and items to discover by pulling open little paper windows. Not for kids who tear those things off.
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