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A Christmas Wish for Corduroy

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Before he met Lisa, Corduroy was just a little bear in the toy department of a big store, waiting for somebody to take him home.
It’s almost Christmas and Corduroy wishes he could be a child’s holiday gift—but he’s a plain bear, and nobody seems to notice him. He sets out across the store to ask Santa Claus for help, but he can’t visit without wearing a special outfit! Aft
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2014)
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
With the same classic look, and feel of the original story, A Christmas Wish for Corduroy is a book fans of this beloved bear will want to own. Leading up to the events before Corduroy is purchased by Lisa, A Christmas Wish for Corduroy tells the story of how Corduroy wishes he could be that perfect Christmas gift for a young boy or girl. Determined, he sets out to find Santa. He knows he's somewhere in the store. Corduroy will find out that his desire to be a beloved toy for a child will happen ...more
Msjennifers Corner
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
A prequel to Corduroy is totally unexpected but this one was a nice surprise. Corduroy seeks Santa to ask for a child to take him home. Along the way he finds his signature outfit. The end satisfies with the a nod to the original.
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, pre-school
A nice tie in to the original story with a Christmas flair. Illustrations are the same as the original story.
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is about Corduroy before he met Lisa. The story is very charming and sweet. I do appreciate the part where it un-explicitly explained about Corduroy’s button through illustrations, which was mentioned in the first book. A simple story with a simple cute bear will warm any child’s heart!
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Good Christmas book
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This prequel to Corduroy is a perfect Christmas story. It takes the Corduroy story and added a perfect amount of holiday flare. In the story you learn how Corduroy gets his famous overalls and how he gets his famous name. There are even some quite funny parts. I really enjoyed reading it to Trent. The colorful photos really held his attention, and he especially loved his new Corduroy stuffed animal (he held him through the whole reading and
Katherine Cowley
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is not written by the original Corduroy author, but is based on the characters. The story fits seamlessly around the original Corduroy story, and the illustrations match the original book perfectly. It's an interesting look at how to write a prequel, that occurs moments before the main book (though the last few pages are paralleled in the original Corduroy book). This is a perfect Christmas book for kids who already love Corduroy.
Rosa Cline
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas, kids
I don't know if this was the first Corduroy book or if it's sort of like a 'flash back' but either way it tells of a bear sitting on a toy store shelf with no name and no clothes. He goes in search of Santa to tell him he would like a boy or girl to love for Christmas. The story follows him and the way he managed to find his signature overalls, how he got his name and how he did find his little girl.
A slight reworking of Corduroy's story with a Christmas treatment.

Fans of Corduroy's story will find this story very similar in that the lovable bear is still searching for his perfect home. The difference here is that he is inspired to ask Santa for some help after he overhears a story about him in the toy store.

The way that the Christmas elements are woven in feels appropriate and makes for a heart-warming read. Overall, a nice Christmas read aloud for PreK-2.
T Crockett
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The authors did a lovely job fitting it to the style of the original. This was a great excuse to talk about prequels and do some math with the kids to figure out how long this was written after the original.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
This is a prequel to the very first Corduroy book; showing how Corduroy got his green overalls, and how the button came loose. The illustrations by Jody Wheeler are in the same style and color palette as Don Freeman's original illustrations for his Corduroy books.
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Classic Corduroy! Much more like the original illustrations and plot. This takes place before he meets Lisa, before he wears overalls, and before he got his signature name. Sprinkles of Christmas throughout.
This is a weird and not particularly good quasi-prequel to the classic Corduroy story. But I do like the part where Corduroy trespasses on the North Pole property in the Elf Cottage/Santa's Workshop. That bit was indeed cute, if a bit contrived.
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Seems like a prequel to Corduroy, but has a different explanation of how he becomes Lisa's bear!
Jillian Heise
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
A sweet story to share at the holidays. I just love Corduroy.
Amanda Connelly
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd314
Loved this book when I was younger.
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've always LOVED Corduroy and this is a lovely holiday story that acts as the back story/prequel to Corduroy's adventures in the department store and his quest to find a child to love him.
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Shelves: mini-me
An adorable prequel to Corduroy.
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As a child I loved to draw-but I also loved books, especially picture books. I still remember certain illustrations, covers and bindings from books that were read to me as a young girl.
I’ve lived in many places: I grew up in Wantagh on Long Island, N.Y., graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts and attended St. Lawrence University in upstate New York.

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