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4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  150,363 Ratings  ·  1,658 Reviews
In 1968, a girl named Lisa fell in love with a little brown bear wearing green overalls with one button missing, and thousands of readers followed suit, making Corduroy one of the best-loved children?s books of all time. Now, forty years later, Viking proudly celebrates Don Freeman?s classic with a very special anniversary edition. With an extra-large trim size and special ...more
Hardcover, 40th Anniversary Edition, 48 pages
Published March 13th 2008 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published 1948)
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Sep 18, 2015 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
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
Sean Gibson
Apr 08, 2015 Sean Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Aug 16, 2010 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 08, 2008 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Crystal Marcos
Feb 21, 2012 Crystal Marcos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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:
Jun 01, 2012 Nevena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2016 Natasha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I dont usually review my son's books but this one in particular really knaws at me for some reason. It has consistently been in the Must Read book list for children since its publication in late 1960s.

Although they say the book is about a teddy bear having an adventure and finding a home but when reading the book it seemed to me that the whole theme revolved around consumerism. The little teddy in green overalls lives at a department store waiting for someone to buy him. A little girl once stops
Sherry Dale Rogers
Apr 28, 2009 Sherry Dale Rogers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reviews
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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Jan 23, 2013 Whole And rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
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
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.
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.
Valerie (Dobby_Puff)
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I loved reading this to my son. He enjoyed it as well. Such a classic, love it!

Sep 02, 2015 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Leah Robinson
Mar 06, 2013 Leah Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
Mar 07, 2013 Lauren Fogg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traditional
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
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
Dec 19, 2014 brandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMFG I love this book!!!! I read it yesterday and I really enjoyed when the bear found an owner to care for him.
Feb 04, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
Amelia Luisa
Feb 25, 2016 Amelia Luisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such an adorable children's book. I thought the acceptance of the imperfect toy really teaches kids to see past a flawless exterior, but look at what you can love and help to make even greater than you initially thought possible. I also enjoyed seeing such an adorable African American little girl. My daughter adores this.
Jesse Summers
Feb 18, 2015 Jesse Summers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
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.
Mar 05, 2011 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 01, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom, dad
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!
Feb 28, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storybook, 2016
A classic story that I really enjoyed as a little girl and still enjoy today. The 'I love you the way you are' message is a good one for children.
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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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