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Christmas is coming, and Corduroy has a list of gifts he'd like from Santa-until he discovers the true meaning of Christmas is not about train sets and ice skates, but about good friends. Celebrate the season with Corduroy in this Christmas story that is sure to be a holiday read-aloud favorite.
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Published September 25th 2000 by Scholastic
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Viviane Elbee
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Corduroy is so cute, and so nice.
Good book for the holidays.
Jessie
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
We've never read any Corduroy books, so I'm not sure how this compares with them.

As far as being a nice book to read to a young child around the Christmas season, I thought this was pretty good. My 3-yr-old enjoyed seeing the bear decorate the tree, wrap presents, decorate gingerbread houses, baking cookies, and go Christmas caroling.

The main plot is that the bear writes a letter to Santa asking for 4 presents. Then he finds out each of his 4 friends are wishing for 1 of the things on his list.
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Angie
Synopsis: "Christmas is coming, and Corduroy has a list of gifts he'd like from Santa-until he discovers the true meaning of Christmas is not about train sets and ice skates, but about good friends. Celebrate the season with Corduroy in this Christmas story that is sure to be a holiday read-aloud favorite."

My Review: This is a fun and sweet book for the little ones during the holiday season. It includes several favorite traditions including gingerbread houses, decorating, making gifts and caroli
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Rosa Cline
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, christmas, 2014
What a super good job at teaching children to think about others before they think about themselves! Corduroy is getting ready for Christmas and in that he writes a letter to Santa but then later realizes that he would be sad if he got everything he wanted but his friends didn't get anything. So he writes another and tells Santa to give his friends the gifts they want. A very touching special holiday book.
Elizabeth S
FYI, this book was not written by Don Freeman. It is just based on the character Corduroy from Don Freeman's classic.

A nice little story based during Christmas time involving the joy of giving rather than receiving. However, there is nothing special to make the Corduroy the real Corduroy. Could have been the same story with Mickey Mouse or a pigeon.
Nickie
Started off charming and getting in the spirit of Christmas. Then, just like in the Halloween book, Corduroy's friends screw him over and have the same ideas as him. But since it is Christmas his choice works here because Christmas should be about giving and not receiving. Still disappointed that they are ruining the original Corduroy.
Gwen
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Corduroy series was one of the only, if not the only one, classic series with a black girl as one of the main characters. In this edition there are no humans, only other animals who come to visit Corduroy for Christmas. It probably wouldn't have annoyed me so much if I hadn't read the original first!
Kirstin Kemppainen
Corduroy gets everything ready in order to have a great Christmas! His friends and him write a letter to Santa asking for special presents. When Corduroy wakes up on Christmas morning he finds tons of nice presents for him and all his friends under the tree. Very cute book that is pretty long and has some great pictures.
Anna
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Loved this one. Sweet, gentle story about the true spirit of Christmas.

Corduroy begins by being selfish and asking for a lot for Christmas, but then reconsiders and asks Santa to bring special items for his friends.
Lisa
A sweet corduroy story about how he learns to think of others before himself, After originally asking Santa for a bunch of different things, and learning that each of his friends are only asking for one thing, he changes his letter to ask for things for them instead. A wonderful lesson learned.
Dolly
Dec 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2008, christmas
This is a cute story, starring the adorable bear from the classic story, "Corduroy." He makes a list of toys he wants for Christmas, but then changes it to reflect what his friends want. A great lesson on being selfless and giving toward others, especially during the Christmas season.
Hill
Dec 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
My boys were a little freaked out when Corduroy told Santa he didn't need any gifts, he just wanted his friends to get what they wanted. The were relieved to see that Santa gave him presents anyway.
Sharlet Mullen
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
This book has a great message about not wanting anything for Christmas except for your friends to have the best day ever.
Taylor Johnson
Good Christmas story that young children will love as a read aloud but not as good as the original Corduroy.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Christmas love with Corduroy.
Michelle
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edrd-314
The "Corduroy" books were fun to read at this time of year because they are relevant to right now, both with this book and the Thanksgiving edition.
Liz Gibbs
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know I've read this book multiple times over the past 13 years. Some of the pictures are so beautiful and happy. It gives me that warm, fuzzy feeling! Read again 12/16/15
Joy
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Corduroy and his toy friends get ready for Christmas.
Ginnie Grant
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just looking at the cover of this book brings a smile and so many warm fuzzy feelings
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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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