Literature: Corduroy

"You must be a friend. I know I've always wanted a friend."

Corduroy is a children's picture book by Don Freeman first published in 1968. It follows the adventures of Corduroy, a stuffed bear living in the toy section of a department store. When he realizes he's lost a button off of his overalls, he goes in search of a replacement.

This picture book provides examples of:

  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Lisa brings all the money from her piggy bank so she can take Corduroy home. She makes him his own bed next to hers to sleep in, too.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: On the last page of the book, Corduroy happily announces that Lisa is a friend, and he's always wanted one of those.
  • Living Toys: Corduroy comes to life and goes on an adventure after the store closes. He seems to be the only toy in the store capable of doing it, though.
  • Meaningful Echo: Throughout his adventure, Corduroy comments that he thinks he's "always wanted ______." When Lisa takes him home, he says he knows he's always wanted a friend.
  • Police Are Useless: The night security guard takes a stuffed bear as a perfectly logical explanation for the crash he heard. He puts Corduroy back on his shelf and does no further investigation into the incident.