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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 4
  • Series: Corduroy
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (September 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448421917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448421919
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

Super cute drawings.
Luz Tufer
I liked the theme of the book, where he wishes for certain presents then is concerned if he gets what he asked for his friends will not get what they asked for.
Avid Reader
Love this Corduroy story, it is full of Christmas joy and perfect to add to our xmas book collection for the kids!
Danielle Marquette

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a very sweet book that is definitely worth adding to your Christmas book collection. My 2 1/2 year old loves it. The illustrations are fun and the story has a terrific moral - Corduroy changes his laundry list letter to Santa to focus on the more modest needs of his best friends.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By MrSofty on March 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
This struck me as "Corduroy for the 21st century". I love the original Corduroy books, and this one just has none of the feel of those, either in terms of narrative or in terms of illustration. Corduroy and his 4 silly animal friends do not interract with humans, but exist in some blissful upper middle class suburbia and participate only in gift giving as the meaning of the holiday. True, the bear we love does show his true self in the moment when he changes his Santa letter to ask only for gifts to his friends, but this is the only soft moment in an otherwise overly modern disney-like book. The sewn-on pocket Corduroy is replaced with a shallow pajama wearing pretender. I want my stoic old friend back...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Olivia Stabler VINE VOICE on August 13, 2014
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I got this book to read to my daughter around Christmas time and she likes it so much we end up reading it way beyond Christmas! Corduroy starts thinking about things he wants for Christmas from Santa, but then thinks that if he asks for all these things for himself, then his close friends might not get things that they want. So instead of thinking of himself, he tells Santa what to bring each of his friends instead and he feels such joy watching his friends open their gifts. I love the message behind the story and the great moral it teaches: being unselfish and thinking of others instead, which in our society that has become so self-centered, is rare. I love the illustrations as well - they are so bright, colorful, and detailed.

Only giving this four stars, because it's a big departure from the original Corduroy stories, as his human friend isn't mentioned at all. Just Corduroy and his animal friends. Corduroy also looks very different from the original. But overall, it's a sweet Christmas story with a great message and one that we love to read all year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quillen on April 1, 2014
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It's April now and we are still reading this book. My toddler can't get enough. He loves it so much. We definitely do less of the "Santa" thing in our house, and while this book is more based on Santa and the fun stuff you do at Christmas, it also focuses on giving to your friends over yourself. People seem upset this book doesn't preach the True Meaning of Christmas, but it doesn't claim to. It's a sweet book about friends and fun at Christmastime with beautiful pictures and a fun story. If you want a more religious Christmas book, try God Gave us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I cried reading that one to my boy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim on May 28, 2014
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My 3 year old daughter absolutely loves this book. She likes the original Corduroy story too, but I think this one is even better than the original because this one teaches a story about not only thinking about yourself, but thinking about others. Corduoy wants all these things from Santa but then he realizes if he asks for all those things, then his friends might not get everything they want so then he revises his letter to Santa to ask for things for his friends and lessens the amount of things that he asks for for himself. It's a nice lesson and story! Super cute!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookish on January 13, 2014
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I was expecting a story with the spirit of earlier Corduroy books, built around the sweet relationship between a girl and her bear. In this book, Corduroy has become just another talking animal, cavorting with his talking-animal friends. Lisa is not even mentioned. I started to read it to my 2 1/2 year old grandsons (yes, twins), but couldn't finish it. My son and DIL were disappointed too. We didn't want to inflict it on another child, so we threw it out. The boys were very happy with the Corduroy toy bear I packaged with the book.
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By chris brydon on October 2, 2013
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Good delivery and love the corduroy stories as did my children and now my grandchildren, good stories with morals , great
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Other than the illustrations and the name "Corduroy" the writing in this book feels nothing like the other 2 Corduroy books, there is no mention of his owner friend Lisa, he lives on his own in this book, it might as well be about some other bear with a different name. We were disappointed.
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More 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 danceband. 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 Childrens' 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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