February Book of the Month

  • Corduroy

    The February book I am presenting to your child is – Corduroy written by Don Freeman.   Although I know that many of you may already have this book, I couldn’t resist including this one in my list of books to your child. 

    This book was published in 1968 and has stood the test of time.   It is a gloriously ordinary story about a little bear who wants somebody to buy him.  Bright, loosely drawn pictures feature scenes familiar to many children: shelves of toys, department stores, and bedrooms. The characters' facial expressions of sadness, curiosity, and joy are drawn so that even the youngest children can understand much of the story simply by looking at the pictures.  In fact, a great strategy is to read the book to your child once and then have him/her read it back to you using the pictures to guide their retelling.  You will be amazed at what they will remember!

    This children’s story raises questions about broad and important issues that we encounter on a day to day basis: friendship and belonging. The bear, Corduroy, encounters the same struggles that each one of us face throughout our lives. Most people want to have friends and to feel a sense of belonging. It is for this very reason why this simple and popular storybook teaches children valuable lessons that can be used in their lives from a very young age.

    As always, if you take a picture of your child or whole family reading the book please share it with me.  I have placed all the pictures that have been sent to me on our Tuttle Avenue webpage under my Principal’s Corner Blog. I would love to see it and share it with our school community!!  Please send it to me at zambellij@esmonline.org.  Happy reading and have a wonderful winter break!!