Synopses & Reviews
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.
Itand#8217;s almost Christmas and Corduroy wishes he could be a childand#8217;s holiday giftand#151;but heand#8217;s a plain bear, and nobody seems to notice him. He sets out across the store to ask Santa Claus for help, but he canand#8217;t visit without wearing a special outfit! After stopping to try on hats, boots, and even baby clothes, Corduroy finally arrives at the North Pole. Can Santa help Corduroy find a new 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 Corduroy collection.
Praise forand#160;A Christmas Wish for Corduroy
"A story that can stand next to the original two Corduroy tales without apology. A pleasurable and satisfying back story for the beloved bear named Corduroy. Not too long, not too hardand#8212;just right. "--Kirkus Reviews
"As they provide a lovely bit of backstory for Corduroy fans, the creators ofCorduroy Lost and Foundand#160;again show their prowess at recreating Freemanand#8217;s inviting narrative and scratchboard art."--Publisher's Weekly
The adorable bear is back, just in time for a lift-the-flap Christmas. Children will enjoy "helping" Corduroy trim the tree, bake cookies, wrap presents, and hang a stocking on the fireplace mantle--and will share Corduroy's delight on Christmas morning when he sees all the presents Santa has brought for a good little bear! Based on the character created by Don Freeman. Watercolor illustrations throughout.
About the Author
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. 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.