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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  137,539 ratings  ·  1,487 reviews
Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. It's a brave new world! He accidentally gets on an ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 11th 1968 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published 1948)
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Bilingual review / Reseña bilingüe

Spanish first! Scroll down for the English review. :)

Vale... Cinco estrellas para la historia. Pero mucho menos para la edición española. Hay tres errores. TRES.

"Deve" en lugar de "debe". "Alancía" en lugar de "alcancía". Y "qu" en lugar de "que". o.O

No es una reseña de Internet - es un libro impreso. Los niños que utilizan este libro para aprender a leer se van a confundir.


La historia es una historia muy linda. Hay un osito de peluche que vive en una tienda
Corduroy was one of my childhood favorites and I still love it! I am struggling to write an adequate review, and since I am pressed for time I will just say for now that I love everything about it! I feel all the emotions are conveyed so well, from Corduroy's loneliness to the girl's sense of finding a "kindred spirit" in the bear, to Corduroy's wish to find the button to make himself more appealing, to his glorious adventure (oh, how I loved that escalator "mountain" and the many fabulous mattr ...more
Sean Gibson
I'm not entirely sure why, but when reading this book aloud, I'm always compelled to give Corduroy a (very bad) British accent. I think I mix him up with Paddington in my head. But [SPOILER ALERT], there's no marmalade in this book. Lots of hullabaloo about buttons, though.
Why 5 stars? Because I can, and if you don't like it, I'll see to it that you have a nipple ripped off, and that there's no little girl around to sew it back on you! This book was awesome when I was a kid, and it still is. However, the escalator scared me because I always thought it was going to eat Corduroy. See, even as a child I was fucked up in the head; a great big ball of fear, ha ha. The security guard was a little scary too. Plus, he's a little bear all alone in the mall after closing ti ...more
Crystal Marcos
Corduroy has an wholesome, old time feel to it. My toddler daughter and I enjoyed reading this together. I liked seeing things happening through Corduroy's eyes. I was rooting for the little guy to find a home and for someone to look past the fact that he wasn't in perfectly new shape. If we owned this one, I could see my daughter requesting it over and over.

This was a Children's Picture Book Club read for the month of December:
A classic sweet tale of a little bear that finds a home in a little girl's heart.
Donalda Donni
Apr 06, 2009 Donalda Donni rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Every little Black girl
Recommended to Donalda by: Grandma
This is my second favorite book ever. It was the first book I ever read that had a lead character that looked like me. (And no, I don't mean the bear.) The little Black girl, (Penny, I think?) was well groomed and cared for, and SO nice.
People out there who've always had characters in books and magazines who look like them won't 'get it'. The significance will be lost on them I fear. But it's instances like that that help establish a child's self-esteem and community worth.
Besides, it was a s
Having several Corduroy books, I was curious to read this one, seeing as how it's the one that shows Corduroy's beginnings. Nothing unique or original about this story, it falls between a level 1 and level 2 reading level for children. Nothing about it really held the attention of my kids, and so we weren't impressed. The illustrations were probably its only redeeming quality and even those didn't stand out too much.
Sherry Dale Rogers
A memory forgotten is what comes to mind with Corduroy. As a child I read this book and fell in love. "It couldn't be because I had 50 stuffed animals or more."

Corduroy was published in 1968 by Viking Press. On October 2, 2008 parents and teachers across the globe read Corduroy in unison as part of the Jumpstart program. Jumpstart is a nonprofit national organization aimed at helping prepare preschool children to succeed in primary education.

One busy day at the department store children are play
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I’ve fallen in love with Corduroy. Just like Lisa, the little girl in Don Freeman’s children’s book, who buys Corduroy from the toy department with her piggy bank savings.

Corduroy sadly believes that his missing button is why he’s still on the shelf instead of at home with the little girl so he goes on a search to find his button.

Lisa reappears and buys Corduroy anyway, loving him whole, despite his missing button. Once at home with Lisa, she sews a new button for Corduroy but says “I like you t
I accidentally ran into this book on the goodreads homepage and it brought the tears of joy to my eyes!

This was probably my favorite picture book when I was a child! Since it's in English, my mother had to read it to me because I didn't learn English until I was 10. It had the most beautiful pictures ever, and the story was so beautiful.

During the recent house cleaning I re-discovered this book again, and I read it on my own, probably for the first time in my whole life! I have put it safe and s
OMFG I love this book!!!! I read it yesterday and I really enjoyed when the bear found an owner to care for him.
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I loved reading this to my son. He enjoyed it as well. Such a classic, love it!

Jessica Cain
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MY ALL TIME FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOK! This book is absolutely fabulous and is kind of a kids dream to be walking around a department store at night when all the shoppers are gone. Corduroy realizes that one of his buttons has fallen off, when everyone leaves the department store in which he lives at he decides to get up and look for his missing button. He makes it all the way to the furniture and tried pulling a button off the couch, he falls backwards and knocks over a lam
Not convinced that Corduroy really should find his lost button in the first place. Sends message that he is not worth buying unless someone fixes his button problem. Overall, disturbing and unamerican.
Kristy Lange
Corduroy, written and illustrated by Don Freeman, is a beautiful story about friendship. Corduroy is a toy bear at a department store who sits on his shelf day after day, waiting for someone to take him home. One day, a little girl comes into the story and looks right at him and instantly knows that he is the perfect bear for her, but her mother says she probably doesn’t want him because he’s missing a button. Corduroy never noticed this before, and he spends the whole night looking for a way to ...more
Leah Robinson
This is a classic book, that I loved as a child and always read when I went to my grandmother’s house. This is a touching story of a rejected bear, who had always wanted so many things, that is finally picked up off the store shelf and given everything he ever wanted. However, because Corduroy now knows he is missing a button and come night time he sneaks off the shelf and goes searching for his button. He gets noticed by the mall security officer and is placed on his shelf in time for the littl ...more
Chiix Moses

Corduroy is a cute book about a bear in a department store. I like this story because it teaches children that you don't have to have everything and that you don't have to be absolutely perfect to be loved. I like that this story is easy to follow and that the message is one that children and adults alike should learn. This story could be a very useful tool when teaching children about self-esteem, and that it is okay to make mistakes. The book has wonderful onomatopoeia including "Pop"
Lauren Fogg
Corduroy is a traditional story about a bear who wants to find a home. A little girl sees him at the department store one day and she wants to buy him. However, the little girl's mother tells her that the bear looks used as he is missing a button. When Corduroy realizes he has lost his strap button, he sets out into the darkened department store to find it, but fails. To his luck, the little girl comes back to buy him the next day and she takes him home. Corduroy not only has a home, but a frien ...more
Kim Young
Don Freeman's Corduroy tells the story of a lonely department store bear who's biggest wish is to be bought and taken home by a loving boy or girl. When Corduroy is passed up by a little girl because he is missing a button on his overalls, he goes on an adventure around the store to find himself a new button. A security guard catches Corduroy before he can get a new button and places him back on the toy shelf. Just when Corduroy has lost hope of ever being chosen by a family, the same little gir ...more
Rachel Pederson
Corduroy is a sweet story about a little bear in a toy store waiting to be taken to a place he can call home. He waited and waited as he watched other toys being taken by children, but was never picked off of the shelf himself. One day a little girl wanted to buy him, but her mother explained that he was missing a button and probably wasn’t good enough to be bought. Corduroy hadn’t realized he was missing a button, so he went on an adventure through the store to find one. He searches through dif ...more
Feb 04, 2014 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Toddlers
Shelves: graciela
This was one of my favorite books as a child, so I was so happy Graciela loved it, too. You know she likes it when she asks you to read it over and over again. The best part was that each time at the end of the book, she would come and give me a big hug--just like the characters in the book. So special.
Allyson Sparks
I used to own this book, and it was my favorite picture book as a kid. Corduroy is such a loveable character and I wanted to have my own Corduroy. This is a sweet story about this little bear who lived in a department store. A little girl wants to buy him, but the mother doesn't because he is missing a button. Corduroy tries to fix himself but has no luck. The little girl comes back and buys the bear with her own money. She fixes him and sews on a button. This wonderful book teaches a powerful l ...more
Jesse Summers
This is the classic and charming story of a sentient stuffed bear who pursues his dreams by going exploring in a department store one night, and of the young African-American girl who, without irony, purchases him the next day.
This was the first book that i ever read (in english), It was undeniably also the first book i was absolutely obsessed with. I could never put it down as a kid but as i went on growing up i went discovering other books and this one along with quite a few others slipped into the recesses of my mind. I just recently bought it again and reading it now brought back this rush of euphoria the same that it had done to me upon my first reading as a kid so it was a really great time remembering my love f ...more
Such a sweet book and has so many lessons to pull from in it. This is one we read over and over to the kids when they were young. Need to pull it out again!
Sam Willis
One of my favorites as a kid. A teddy bear goes on an adventure in a mall and ends up finding a nice home and family at the end. I had a thing for stuffed animals when I was really little so I always related well to this book.
Monique Franco
Sitting, awaiting his chance to be called someone's bear, Corduroy is confronted by a young girl who falls in love with the cuddly creature in green overalls. Yet just when he thinks he has found a home, little Lisa is denied as her mother points out the wear Corduroy has clearly endured. As his desire to have a home grows, Corduroy journeys through the mall in search of the missing factor that keeps him from a home, his button. Although he comes up empty, little Lisa comes back to show that eve ...more
Lou Anders
This is a fantastic children's book that I have read over and over.
Matthew Meehan
Corduroy is a great children's book, showing how childhood toys are always more than just a toy.It is about a department store toy who desparately wants a home and friend, who after trying to perfect himself for the owner, gets stalled by a security guard. The illustrations are also done by the author, Don Freeman, and they appear to be done in watercolor. It was published in 1968, though I found that the overall message to the storiy is still very applicable to children today. On the inside cov ...more
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Don Freeman was a painter, printmaker, cartoonist, children's book author, and illustrator. He was born in San Diego, California, attended high school in Missouri, and later moved to New York City where he studied etching with John Sloan.
Frequent subjects included Broadway theatre, politics, and the circus. He was also a jazz musician, and the brother of circus entrepreneur Randy Freeman.

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