about the author:
Born in San Diego, California, Freeman moved to New York City in the
1940's to study art while making a living as a jazz trumpeter. He died
in 1978, leaving his beloved audience with a treasury of classic
children's stories. Corduroy is a story that all children can relate to.http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/corduroy
grades: pre k- 1
The book tells the story of a teddy bear
named Corduroy, displayed on a toy shelf in a department store. One
day, a girl named Lisa arrives in the store with her mother and spots
the bear. She is willing to buy him, however, her mother declines to
spend more money and notes that a button is missing from his overalls.
After they leave, Corduroy decides to find the missing button by
himself and embarks on a trip around the department store after it
closes in the evening. He goes upstairs and finds furniture he had never
seen before, including beds and mattresses. Thinking that one of the
mattress buttons is the one he is missing, he pulls it hard and
eventually falls down from the bed, making noise. The store guard
arrives, finds the bear and puts him back in place.
The next day, Lisa comes back with the money she had found in her piggy bank
and buys Corduroy. At home, she sews a button on his shoulder strap and
the book ends with them saying that they had always wanted a friend and
hugging each other.
my reaction: As a small child I absolutely adored this book. It is a book that will stand the test of time. My preschoolers really enjoy this book as well. They will sit and listen to the feel good story and brightly colored illustrations.
Give each student two pieces of construction
paper, and have them cut one of them into the shape of a large pocket.
Show them how to apply
glue to the edges (all but one) to attach the pocket to the other piece
of paper. Encourage them to decorate their pockets after they dry. Then
give them old magazines and help them to cut out pictures of objects
that they like or that relate to them. Show them how to place the
pictures into their pockets. Then have them take turns explaining which
pictures they chose to put in their pockets and why.