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Corduroy Hardcover – March 11, 1968
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Curiously, the first four pages of my copy of the book are bound in upside-down. Does anyone else have this in theirs? I might have a real collector's item indeed...
As for the story itself, it's a five-star kid's story. Wonderful. But if you are buying it for your kids, I'd get the other version.
There are several elements of this charming story that have made it popular for decades. Corduroy has a flaw that he cannot repair by himself -- his missing button. This produces in him a helplessness and dependence on others that children, who understand their own dependence on adults, will respond to with empathy.
Additionally, Corduroy takes his circumstances for granted until the prospect of a change comes along; this provokes him to try to better himself. As he explores the store, his horizons are broadened: "I think I've always wanted to climb a mountain," he says as he goes up the escalator; "I guess I've always wanted to live in a palace," as he enters the furniture department. It is only on arriving at Lisa's home that he realizes what he really needs is a home and a friend -- two things young children intuitively know they need as well.
A final touch is that Lisa's family is not a wealthy one: Lisa's mother cannot buy the bear because she has "spent too much already," and Lisa and her parents live in a fourth-floor apartment rather than a large house. But the little home is a secure one, filled with warm touches and supplied with the tools needed to replace Corduroy's button.Read more ›
Other great books that I highly recommend are The Very Hungry Caterpillar board book and especially Why Some Cats are Rascals, Book 2.
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Such a cute story & lesson for kids. My son is one right now & it doesn't keep his attention because there are too many words on one page, but I am sure he will enjoy the story... Read morePublished 10 days ago by sassy0422
This is a very cute book. I ordered it for my granddaughter. She loves it.I received it very quickly. Great deal.Published 10 days ago by T. Harper
This was my favorite book as a young child and when I found out I was going to be an aunt for the first time I knew I wanted to give my nephew this memory of mine. Read morePublished 16 days ago by AudreyLatson