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Literature / Corduroy

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"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.

Possesses two sequels, though only one was done by Don Freeman:

This picture book provides examples of:

  • Animated Adaptation: Has received several, the most recent being in 2000 from Nelvana as a part of the PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch.
  • 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.
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  • 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 he is also the only one to have a motivation to do so, looking for his lost button so someone will buy him. In the Nelvana series, he's accompanied by fellow living toys Buckaroo (a rocking horse) and Rosetta (a wind-up French rat).
  • 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.
  • Race Lift: In the books and the Nelvana series, Lisa is black. In the direct-to-video series, she is Hispanic.


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Corduroy LOVES peanut butter.

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