Study Guide

Corduroy Acceptance/Belonging

By Don Freeman


Then one morning a little girl stopped and looked straight into Corduroy's bright eyes. "Oh, Mommy!" she said. "Look! There's the very bear I've always wanted." (3)

By the third page, readers are already rooting for Corduroy to find acceptance. We can almost hear the hope flooding into his fuzzy little heart—not only does Lisa want to give him a home, but she declares that he's the bear she's always wanted.

Illustration on page 4: Corduroy and Lisa isolated.

Freeman makes an interesting choice here: Every other page contains a complete illustration, but on this page, he only draws Corduroy sadly watching Lisa and her mother walk away, with a strip of scenery connecting his two "lead characters" on an otherwise blank canvas.

By leaving the scenery out of this drawing, Freeman effectively communicates how isolated Corduroy feels and how badly he wants to go home with Lisa—it's as if the entire world fades away when she leaves.

"I like you the way you are," she said, "but you'll be more comfortable with your shoulder strap fastened." (27)

This quote is basically exactly what Corduroy has always dreamed of hearing from a child. Not only does Lisa affirm that she accepts and loves Corduroy even with his missing button, but she thinks about what might make him happy—a stark contrast from the days when Corduroy felt invisible on the toy store shelf.