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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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.
We love all the corduroy books! Besides cute stories they are well made
and hold the attention of my grandson
Read it before your toddler goes to school of course, to calm the jitters...
And maybe compare experiences afterwards?
I have the first set , these were for other kids. They love the books , easy for them to read.Published 16 months ago by Barbara V Caudillo
My 2 year old loves this book! He laughs whenever he lifts the flaps and sees the pictures underneath. Great book for toddlers!Published 24 months ago by L. Scully
My 2 1/2 yr old daughter LOVES this book! Especially the flip pictures! Top 3 bed time books! She also loves "Corduroy" the classic!Published on August 30, 2013 by Keziasmommy
We have a 2 year old son who loves this book. Corduroy's day at school is great, complete with a lesson about the letter B. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by BethanyD