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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: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • School & Library Binding: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback (June 1, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0808523120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0808523123
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2001
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Dandelion brings back such happy memories for me. I think I checked that book out of the library every Saturday as a child. It taught me that it is ok to be who I am. Kind of a childs view of "To thine own self be true". I know there are many wonderful new children's books out there. This is a classic that should not be missed, by anyone, young or old. If I had a nickel for each time my mother read this book to me--I would be a millionaire for sure--but I am richer by far in warm memories from that wonderful time. Get this book--you won't regret it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2000
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"Come as you are," says the invitation to Jennifer Giraffe's taffy-and-tea party. But Dandelion decides to make himself over -- and to his surprise, no one is impressed. A good lesson for children (and their parents) on the nature of true friendship and genuineness, and the folly of appearing to be someone you're not. This is a terrific book. One of my daughter's favorites, not to mention to mine!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 9, 2004
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My 5 year old daughter takes this book out of the school library every week. Every once in a while we have to insist she gets something else because we're tired of reading it over and over. But it is a wonderful story with a very good lesson. I've decided to buy it so the other kids at school can have a chance to read the library copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Howell on January 9, 2007
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I use this book at school in teaching the children to like who they are and to know you do not have to dress in a certain way or wear you hair in a certain fashion to be considered special. The kids all love to hear the Dandelion story over and over again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MaSoo on October 15, 2002
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What a lovely children's book!...I love the simple illustrations and the sweet story which is a lot of fun to read to a toddler with a wonderful lesson for us all: Fancy clothes don't make you dandy, it's what's inside that makes us special!...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dianne on January 11, 2011
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I love this book. It lets us all know we are okay just the way we are. I have fond memories reading it when I was young and reading it to my children. I will enjoy reading this with my grandchildren too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By love being a mommy on January 9, 2007
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This book is so cute. My son covers his ears as the part where Dandelion is not recognized by Jennifer the giraffe, in anticipation of his roaring voice. Another super book by Don Freeman. I wish there were more classic books like this one and his other books. It seems as though they have a moral to them and in this one, it's just to be yourself. Isn't that what we need to be teaching our children in these times? We read them over and over and I don't growl about it, I enjoy the books as well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on September 24, 2008
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This book is so cute! It has a lesson in it about not trying to be someone you're not; It's best to just be who you are, plain and simple.

A lion, Dandelion, is invited to a friend's house for a Tea Party! I love that! WHO writes books anymore about Tea Parties?!?

Of course, it's authored and illustrated by my newfound favorite, Don Freeman! The illustrations are all in a rich gold and contrasting black. (The pink you see is just on the cover.)

As always, Don Freeman doesnt let you down with his storyline or his artwork.

We read this book first thing in the morning. Well, at 7:30 at night, my son brought this book up by saying, " I really like that Dandelion book. I wish you had more books like that one!" I looked up at him and he had the biggest grin on his face. He was all lit up! I think I'll read it to him again tomorrow morning!

I love the author, the message the story sends, the artwork and the fact that my boys enjoyed it so much, so that's why this one has made it to my booklist of favorites!

The reason why I think it is a great book for Tea Time is because I think it's neat to read books at Tea Time and especially neat to read story books about others having Tea Time!
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