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Corduroy Goes to School School & Library Binding – July 22, 2002
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Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Three year old grandson enjoyed content, pictures, and lift-the-flaps. Preschool theme was most appropriate since he recently started preschool.Published 3 months ago by Jane R
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 22 months ago by Barbara V Caudillo
My granddaughter loves Corduroy. This is a sturdy book with hidden objects under opening tabs which are appropriately placed (door, window, etc). Read morePublished 22 months ago by Zinderella
My 2 year old loves this book! He laughs whenever he lifts the flaps and sees the pictures underneath. Great book for toddlers!Published on September 6, 2013 by L. Scully