Freeman, Don (1968). Corduroy. New York: Puffin Books.

This is a fictional children’s book, suggested for children from age 3-6.

This book has a very personal connection to me because now that I have read it as an adult, I can definitely remember reading it as a child.  It felt very familiar to me. Even though I think the book is very well written, I think the illustrations are what make the book stand out.

My only critique of the book is at the end the little girl talks to the bear, and he talks back like they are having a conversation, but it is not clear if she can actually hear him speak or not.

Lesson Sketch:

Objective: Students will be able to understand the different emotions that the bear experiences throughout the story by the end of the lesson.

  1. When the book begins how do you think Corduroy the bear is feeling?
  2. Do you think Corduroy was scared when the security guard found him upstairs?
  3. If you were Corduroy how would you feel at the end of the story?

Individually, the students will color in a blank picture of the bear and use colors to describe how they think Corduroy feels throughout the story.


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