The youngest fans of Corduroy, one of the best-loved children's book characters for over forty years, will delight in these simple, sturdy board books-now available in a larger size with an updated, modern look. In Corduroy Goes to the Doctor, Corduroy gets a check-up.
Board Book, 14 pages
January 13th 2005
by Viking Books for Young Readers
(first published 1987)
A cutesy board book designed to help families prepare young children for a doctor's visit using a familiar character.
This book does what it is designed to do, and that is to prepare young children for a trip to the doctor. It normalizes the event using a familiar character and soothing illustrations. However, as a just for fun book, it is lacking in catchy, fun rhymes and interesting prose that make most children's books so engaging and charming. I liked how each bit of writing pertained directlA cutesy board book designed to help families prepare young children for a doctor's visit using a familiar character.
This book does what it is designed to do, and that is to prepare young children for a trip to the doctor. It normalizes the event using a familiar character and soothing illustrations. However, as a just for fun book, it is lacking in catchy, fun rhymes and interesting prose that make most children's books so engaging and charming. I liked how each bit of writing pertained directly to the illustration so children could make the connection, but it lacked simplicity and simple charm. Also, I'm not sure if Corduroy is even a familiar character to modern children and a more current character could do a better job at this task.
Furthermore, I was taken aback by the drawing of Corduroy, naked on a scale being told to cut back on the cookies. This does not seem like an issue that most children in the board book age group will be dealing with at a doctor's visit. As an introduction to the doctor book, it succeeds. As a fun to share, memorable childhood classic, it fails. ~ Leslie
PreS Don Freeman's Corduroy (Viking, 1968) has always been a welcome figure to children, but these two spinoffs from the classic bear's story are too cutesy and watered down to provoke much interest. Both board books transport Corduroy (with pocket intact) from the realistic world which he normally shares with Lisa to an anthropomorphic suburb, filled with cartoon-like stuffed animals and dolls that could give Strawberry Shortcake a run for her money. Corduroy Goes to the Doctor, the stronger of the two, follows the procedures of a physical exam from beginning to end, and, thus, may be useful for those needing books about doctor visits for the nursery set. Corduroy's Busy Street has no storyline; rather, it's a series of one-page introductions to some of the workers one might meet in a ``typical'' neighborhood. Without any discernible order to guide it, the book seems disjointed, and the characters appear to be quite randomly selected. Neither book captures the endearing qualities of Freeman's ``Corduroy''; both use him only as a vehicle for attracting unsuspecting readers. Rosemary Wells' ``Max'' books (Dial) and Eric Hill's ``Spot'' books (Putnam) are still tops at introducing preschoolers to the everyday facts of life in the grown-up world; these are poor substitutes. Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, Wheeler School, Providence, R.I.
I disagree with the cutesy and watered down. I actually enjoyed the bright pastel artwork and snuggly bear. Those are far from my biggest criticisms of this board book. The rest of the review is pretty-spot on though.
We both liked this book for a long time, though it's been supplanted in recent months. I'm not crazy about the words but like the illustrations so I make up my own words. (e.g. Why should my 1-year-old be hearing that Corduroy has gained too many pounds from eating cookies? He doesn't know what cookies are, and at 1, he could stand to gain a few pounds...)
This book is beneficial to build a good relationship between children and physicians. I like how the author make doctors' visits enjoyable and fun. I also like how the story includes a reward for the beast patient and toys in the waiting room. I am just not sure if it is ok to talk about shots as a part of the visit or not especially for younger kids.
Hands down my sons favorite book. I have no idea why. He owns 100 books but this one is the one he goes back to time and time again. He'll sit still through it 6 or more times wanting you to read it over and over.
Daddy read Emerson this one tonight. A cute story about how Corduroy enjoys going to the doctor. Corduroy plays in the waiting room, then is called in, he gets undressed, he is weighed, measured, examined ("say "Ah", Corduroy"), and finally gets a shot. He leaves with a balloon and a bandaid and a sticker. Very real in its depiction of a pediatric appointment. Good message. And a portion of the book sales go to children's medical issues.
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.