The Bottom Line
- Touching story with a good message
- Simple but effective illustrations
- Enjoyed by several generations
- Anniversary edition has four bonus pages
- Won't interest all children
- Hardcover anniversary edition $19.95
- Ages 2 and up
- 40 pages
Guide Review - Review of Corduroy, One of the Classic Books for Children
Corduroy is the story of a teddy bear who lives in a department store but is never bought. One day a little girl wants to buy him, but her mother points out that he is missing one of the buttons on his overalls. That night he decides to explore the department store in search of a button. He doesn't find a button, but the next day he does find love and a home.
This simple story has several admirable qualities, the most important being the theme that even the flawed are worthy of love. The little girl in the story is African-American, and that was unusual in mainstream literature forty years ago. The story also taps into the almost universal fantasy about being in a department store after it closes. The bonus material that comes with the anniversary edition may not interest the youngest readers, but is sure to fascinate those who have grown up with the book.
2008 is also the centennial of Don Freeman's birth. Freeman came to New York to study art, but supported himself by playing his trumpet. After losing his instrument on the subway, he was forced to get serious about his art. His drawings were mainly of the theater and New York street scenes until he was solicited to illustrate a children's book. Authoring his own books followed. The route that Freeman took before giving us Corduroy was almost as meandering as the route that Corduroy takes through the department store!