Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Corduroy

by Don Freeman

Corduroy is, and always will be, one of my all-time favorite children's books.

The story follows a little stuffed toy bear, Corduroy, as he searches a department store for his lost button. His adventure includes climbing a "mountain" (an escalator):
"I think I've always wanted to climb a mountain."
While exploring the "palace" (the department store's furniture department), Corduroy searches for his button with hope that a little girl, who admired him earlier, will return and buy him.

But, Corduroy does not realize something: He is not the only one awake in the store. A night watchman is fast on Corduroy's tracks. He finds Corduroy (before he's managed to yank off a mattress button to replace his missing button). Corduroy's adventure is over. The night watchman brings the little bear back to the toy department.

The next morning, Corduroy wakes up to find the little girl from the previous day peering at him. And so begins a whole new adventure, and this one is truly magical.
"You must be a friend," said Corduroy. "I've always wanted a friend."
Corduroy is one of those books that gives you the warm fuzzy feeling inside when you read it. So, grab your favorite teddy bear, open up this classic picture book, and snuggle!

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