Author: Don Freeman
Page and Picture designed by Amy Brosemer
Corduroy, a bear, lives in the toy
department of a big store and waits everyday for someone to come and
take him home. One day, a little girl comes and decides she wants
Corduroy. However, her mother says they don't have the money
especially for a bear that is missing a button. A sad Corduroy
knew he had a button missing and is determined to now find his loss
That night, Corduroy got off his shelf and started searching
the department store for his button. He even went up the
escalator and into the furnishing department. However, when
Corduroy knocks over a lamp and the guard is alerted, Corduroy is then
carried by the guard back to his shelf.
The next day, though, the little girl comes back and tells Corduroy
that she will use her own money in order to buy him. They
are both very excited. The little girl takes Corduroy home where
she sews on a new button for Corduroy's overalls and they become close
1. If you were the little girl, what would you have done if your
mom told you that she could not buy you Corduroy the bear.
2. How do you think Corduroy felt when he heard the little girl's
mom say he could not go home with them?
3. How might the story be different if it was told in the point
of view of the security guard of the department store? The girl's
mother? The little girl?