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Title:
A Christmas wish for Corduroy
Author:
Hennessy, B. G. (Barbara G.), author.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 24 cm
Summary:
A teddy bear in the toy department of a big store receives a new name and a new home from Santa.
General Note:
"Based on the characters created by Don Freeman."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 700 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780670785506
Format :
Book

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Summary

Before he met Lisa, Corduroy was just a little bear in the toy department of a big store, waiting for somebody to take him home. It's almost Christmas, and Corduroy wishes he could be a child's holiday gift - but he's a plain bear, and nobody seems to notice him. He sets out across the store to ask Santa Claus for help, but he can't visit without wearing a special outfit! After trying on hats, shoes, and even baby clothes, Corduroy finally travels to the North Pole. Can Santa help Corduroy find a home in time for Christmas? With warm humor and classic art, A Christmas Wish for Corduroy takes readers back to the beginning and shows how Corduroy became the beloved bear we know today. This is a heartwarming story about the power of hope, perseverance, and friendship - an important addition to any Don Freeman collection.


Author Notes

B.G. Hennessy grew up in Wantagh on Long Island, NY. At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she majored in fine art and learned how to design, print and bind handmade books. She also took courses in Children's Literature. The combination of form and content in the picture book format fascinated her and after graduation she headed for NYC where she worked for 17 years in children's book publishing as a designer and art director. She is the author of Road Builders and The First Night , as well as many books starring Corduroy, the loveable toy bear created by Don Freeman. She now lives with her family in Arizona.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Based on characters created by the late Don Freeman, this prequel to 1968's Corduroy reveals how the bear acquired his familiar green overalls and name. Sitting on a store shelf listening to children chatter about what they want for Christmas, the stuffed bear concludes that he won't make anyone's wish list without clothing or a name. After hours, he goes in search of the store Santa to "ask him for a little girl or boy to take me home." The bear puts on the shop elves' uniform-green corduroy overalls-which inspires Santa to bestow him with a name; soon after, Corduroy catches the eye of a girl, who claims him as her own. As they provide a lovely bit of backstory for Corduroy fans, the creators of Corduroy Lost and Found again show their prowess at recreating Freeman's inviting narrative and scratchboard art. Ages 3-5. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Sure to become another favorite, this prequel tells the story of how the character Corduroy, created by Don Freeman in the 1960s, found his green overalls and how the button on the overalls got loose. As the tale begins, the little stuffed bear has no name or clothes. Upon hearing that Santa grants Christmas wishes and that one should wear something special when they meet the famous man in red, the little bear goes on his first journey to meet Santa and finds the perfect outfit for the occasion. Readers will have an "A-ha" moment when the little bear finds his outfit as well as when Santa first calls him "Corduroy."  Wheeler works her magic in the illustrations, bringing the adorable bear to life.  A charming addition to the "Corduroy" series (Viking) and holiday collections.-Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.