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Corduroy

Freeman, Don (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 1976 32 pages
First published: 1968
ISBN: 9780140501735 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, point of view

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This sweet classic remains relevant and moving to this day. Children will feel for Corduroy, the little bear who gets left on the toy store shelf. They’ll love his nighttime adventure through the department store, as he searches for the missing button from his overalls, hoping that this will make someone want to bring him home. The language conveys Corduroy’s brave, positive nature, making him a fine example for readers of any age. Daunted by an unfamiliar escalator, he wonders: “Could this be a mountain?… I think I’ve always wanted to climb a mountain.”

The illustrations will take children back to an earlier time, when security guards were called watchmen and little girls wore kerchiefs over their hair. Little Lisa gazes back at Corduroy with big, sad eyes when her mother forces her to leave him behind. But the next morning, her face shines kindly at him again, as she counts out the coins taken from her own piggy bank.

The warmth of acceptance, friendship and home is conveyed in the last images, when Lisa and Corduroy are cozy in her room—and she replaces his missing button.

  •  

    Go for a picture walk. Describe the characters, setting and events from the pictures.

  •  How are Lisa and Corduroy good friends? What big ideas about friendship do you think the author is trying to convey?
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    Retell all or part of the story in a comic strip, using sketches, captions and dialogue.

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    Bring a favourite or once-loved stuffed toy to school. Work with a partner to invent a short skit about your stuffed animals coming to life.

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    Learn and practise new store and home vocabulary to help you understand the story (department, escalator, shoppers, watchman, mattress, lamp, etc.).

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    Go on a picture walk. Talk about the story with words you already know and integrate newly learned words.

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    After the teacher reads the story aloud, retell the story as a group, using the pictures to guide you.

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    Match pictures and word labels related to the story while listening to an online reading.

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    Bring a favourite or once-loved stuffed toy to school. What can you say about it? Discuss with your whole group the type of toy, the colour and any special features.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Drama
  • Ethics and Religious Culture