Celebrate 50 years of Corduroy with this fun lift-the-flap book.
Corduroy and his friends are so happy to play outside now that spring is here. In this cheerful book that's chock-full of flaps on each spread, children will enjoy discovering who's hiding at the playground, or peering under flaps to find baby animals at a farm. There are plenty of Easter preparations before the final spread, as readers join the search to see what the Bunny has left behind. Happy Easter, Corduroy!
About the Author
Don Freeman was born in San Diego, California, in 1908. At an early age, he received a trumpet as a gift from his father. He practiced obsessively and eventually joined a California dance band. After graduating from high school, he ventured to New York City to study art under the tutelage of Joan Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students' League. He managed to support himself throughout his schooling by playing his trumpet evenings, in nightclubs and at weddings.
Gradually, he eased into making a living sketching impressions of Broadway shows for The New York Times and The Herald Tribune. This shift was helped along, in no small part, by a rather heartbreaking incident: he lost his trumpet. One evening, he was so engrossed in sketching people on the subway, he simply forgot it was sitting on the seat beside him. This new career turned out to be a near-perfect fit for Don, though, as he had always loved the theater.
He was introduced to the world of children’s literature when William Saroyan asked him to illustrate several books. Soon after, he began to write and illustrate his own books, a career he settled into comfortably and happily. Through his writing, he was able to create his own theater: "I love the flow of turning the pages, the suspense of what's next. Ideas just come at me and after me. It's all so natural. I work all the time, long into the night, and it's such a pleasure. I don't know when the time ends. I've never been happier in my life!"
Don died in 1978, after a long and successful career. He created many beloved characters in his lifetime, perhaps the most beloved among them a stuffed, overall-wearing bear named Corduroy.
Don Freeman was the author and illustrator of many popular books for children, including Corduroy, A Pocket for Corduroy, and the Caldecott Honor Book Fly High, Fly Low.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My 2 year-old daughter absolutely LOVES this book. We have numerous Easter books, but this book is ALWAYS pulled out. I can't read Easter books without also reading this one. The lift-the-flap pages are nicely done with gorgeous full-page pictures. It incorporates spring as well as Easter. My daughter loves looking for the robin on each page as well as the rabbit. This is an excellent book!
The book is based on the Corduroy character created by Don Freeman. The 'bear's share' of the royalties go to the Don and Lydia Freeman Research Fund to support psychological research concerning children affected by cancer. Somewhere between 9 and 24 months, most children become fascinated with playing peek-a-boo. Books with flaps fit in with that favorite game. They provide the 'magic' of making something appear for your child, and as such are wonderful ways to create indelible learning experiences. This book has dozens of flaps for your child to peer behind. Usually, an animal is revealed. Some of the camouflage devices include plants, flowers, rocks, toys, doors, a hay stack, and food. The story has two themes. The first revolves around playing outdoors with friends during the spring as the weather improves. 'Spring has sprung, Corduroy!' The second theme concerns preparing for and participating in an Easter egg hunt. This book is a good background for preparing your child for her or his first hunt! At this age, children are usually not especially interested in other children so I liked the feature of the book emphasizing the fun of doing things with friends. This includes going to get the supplies, dying the eggs, and hunting for them. The eggs are left to be hidden by the Easter Bunny. The sentences are short and simple. This makes it easier for your child to memorize the story. As that process occurs, you can point to a word and ask your child to say the word. After a few misses, your child will begin to recognize one word from another. You can point to the words as you read them when you see that your child is starting to pay attention to the printing. The bright, clear illustrations also provide for focus-getting attention from young children. The story also provides lots of humor in the form of little surprises behind the flaps. The laughter that follows will help reinforce the learning here. You should also ask your child what he or she would like to do about Easter eggs. Depending on the emotional responses you get, you can plan for how to celebrate this Easter with your child. I recommend paper eggs until your child is past the 'squeezing everything' stage. Some of the best fun of being a parent is preparing for Easter egg hunts. Don't miss it if you celebrate Easter! 'Happy Easter, Corduroy!' And a very happy Easter to you and your family, too! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution