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Corduroy Goes to School: A Lift-the-Flap Book by B.G. Hennessey, illus. by Lisa McCue, puts Don Freeman's classic character in a classroom setting. Flaps let readers peek in the class hamster cage, open a book and paint on an easel. Ages 1-5.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: AD590L (What's this?)
  • Series: Corduroy
  • School & Library Binding: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (July 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670035149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670035144
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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Format: School & Library Binding
If your child is starting pre-school, this is a great book for showing your little one what to expect because Corduroy and his friends do the same things that your child will do in school -- paint, do puzzles, read, play on the swing set, etc.

Many of the books about going to school have the characters doing other things (like dogs burying bones, ducks going swimming, etc.)

Also, our book does not contain the error that the reviewer below mentions. The colors of the letters in the illustrations match what the text says.
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My 2 year old son loves this book! We started reading a few weeks before preschool began, and it really helped him know what to expect at school. Even after school started, he wants to read it every night and tell us what he does at school that is just like Corduroy, as well as what is different. We've been able to discuss sharing, his teachers, and get more information from him about how he's feeling at school.

The illustrations are vivid and colorful, and there are no errors in the book as the one review stated. The writing is nothing spectacular, but its really more about the story teller's skills when kids are at this age.

One word of caution: the pages are soft, as are the flaps, not like board-based lift-the-flap books. If your child is very rough with things, this could tear pretty easily.
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My 21-month-old son enjoys this cute book immensely, but it contains a serious error. The book states that Corduroy makes "a big blue 'B,' and a big green 'C,' but the illustration shows a red (rather than blue) B and a purple (rather than green) C. That is an unforgivable mistake for a book that should be helping children learn to identify colors.
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Format: School & Library Binding
School-themed books are a great way for children to either work up some excitement or calm down their anxiety for the beginning of the school year. Based on Don Freedman’s beloved Corduroy, this introduction to school is a must-read.

B.G. Hennessy skips the common before-school jitters plot and dives right into a school day as though Corduroy is a pro. This strategy seems to create a more positive effect overall. Though it can be beneficial to address school fears in a story’s beginning, it can also be more difficult to build up a positive momentum. On the contrary, this book radiates positive energy from cover to cover! We are escorted through playground fun, story time, puzzles, painting, and more.

The best element is the book’s design. Lisa McCue is one of my favorite illustrators, always adding beautifully rich, bright colors to the pages. Added to this beauty is a lot of lift-the-flap fun which all kids love. Our little readers will want to look through this book over and over and over again. I only have one disclaimer, which is that some have complained about their edition’s illustrated color not matching with what the text claims it should be on one page. Others, however, claim their edition to be correct.

Recommended for children ages 2 to 4!
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My 32 year old son grew up with Corduroy books and he loved them. So now that I am babysitting daily, my 2 1/2 month old grandson, I wanted to add the Corduroy books to his library.

As always, the books are great both for their stories and illustrations. When I read the books to my grandson because of the great colors he watches already as I turn from page to page.

A classic book, that will always remain to be classic!

I highly recommend the Corduroy series of books for older sons to read to their sons!
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Got this book for my 22 mos old son before he started preschool, because we already had the Corduroy's Easter book... This book just confirmed how much I like this series. Goes through very standard preschool activities... Playground, circle time sharing, free play, practicing alphabet, other kids, and even a birthday party for the teacher. My son is now 2.5 and still pulls it off the shelf to read. (& we will be reading it every night in the next week before he starts at a new preschool!)
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This is a fun book for going back to school. Corduroy is at school and gets to do all kinds of things. Throughout the story there are many various lift flaps a young reader-listener can raise and see new things. This book is a good interaction book for an adult trying to get a toddler to talk and answer questions about as well... simple pictures within the big pictures and fun interesting ones
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My granddaughter went to nursery school for the first time this fall and this was a fabulous little book to introduce her to school. She loves Corduroy and at the age of 18 months would sit quietly through the entire first book, so I knew this would be a hit.
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