Cover image for Corduroy's garden
Title:
Corduroy's garden
Author:
Inches, Alison.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Viking, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
When the beans that Lisa has planted are dug up by a dog, Corduroy reseeds the garden that he was supposed to be watching, but he and Lisa are in for a surprise when the "beans" finally appear on the vines.
General Note:
"Based on the character created by Don Freeman."
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.6 0.5 67286.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780670035472
Format :
Book

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Summary

In Corduroy's Garden , Lisa leaves Corduroy to keep watch over her newly planted seeds. But when a puppy digs up the garden, it's up to Corduroy to save the day.

Based on the popular characters created by Don Freeman, the Corduroy easy-to-read series is ideal for children just beginning to read on their own. The brief sentences, repetitive phrases, and important visual clues within the illustrations help readers along while keeping them entertained.


Author Notes

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 .


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Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 2. Based on the characters created by Don Freeman, these two bright picture books in the Viking Easy-to-Read series tell simple, lively stories about an African American girl, Lisa, and her teddy bear companion and alter ego, Corduroy, who seems passive and cuddly but takes charge when he has to. In Corduroy Writes a Letter, the bear writes to the baker and to the movie theater hoping to put small, important things right; Lisa copies him by writing to her radio station, and she gets them to play her favorite song. In the garden story, Corduroy is supposed to guard Lisa's bean seeds while she's at school. When he falls asleep, a dog digs up the seeds, and Corduroy has to find new ones to plant. What grows from those seeds is a surprise. Eitzen's line-and-watercolor illustrations, with fine crosshatched details, show Lisa and her sturdy bear at home together and out in their neighborhood. Most of the design is clear and accessible; however, in Letter, one page, with the text printed over a busy, colored picture, will be hard to decipher, even for practiced readers. --Hazel Rochman