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Don Freeman
Don Freeman was born in San Diego, California, in 1908. At an early age, he received a trumpet as a gift from his father. He practiced obsessively and eventually joined a California danceband. After graduating from high school, he ventured to New York City to study art under the tutelage of Joan... show more



Don Freeman was born in San Diego, California, in 1908. At an early age, he received a trumpet as a gift from his father. He practiced obsessively and eventually joined a California danceband. After graduating from high school, he ventured to New York City to study art under the tutelage of Joan Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students' League. He managed to support himself throughout his schooling by playing his trumpet evenings, in nightclubs and at weddings.Gradually, he eased into making a living sketching impressions of Broadway shows for The New York Times and The Herald Tribune. This shift was helped along, in no small part, by a rather heartbreaking incident; he lost his trumpet. One evening, he was so engrossed in sketching people on the subway, he simply forgot it was sitting on the seat beside him. This new career turned out to be a near-perfect fit for Don, though, as he had always loved the theater.He was introduced to the world of Childrens' Literature, when William Saroyan asked him to illustrate several books. Soon after, he began to write and illustrate his own books, a career he settled into comfortably and happily. Through his writing, he was able to create his own theater: "I love the flow of turning the pages, the suspense of what's next. Ideas just come at me and after me. It's all so natural. I work all the time, long into the night, and it's such a pleasure. I don't know when the time ends. I've never been happier in my life!"Don died in 1978, after a long and successful career. He created many beloved characters in his lifetime, perhaps the most beloved among them a stuffed, overall-wearing bear, named Corduroy.Don Freeman was the author and illustrator of many popular books for children, including Corduroy, A Pocket for Corduroy, and the Caldecott Honor Book Fly High, Fly Low.

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Birth date: August 11, 1908
Died: January 01, 1978
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JessicaCRoberts
JessicaCRoberts rated it 6 months ago
Review: This book is about a Teddy Bear who goes on a huge adventure trying to find his missing button. The Teddy Bear cannot figure out why he isn't being picked to go home with someone. After his long adventure and going through several obstacles to find his button the security guard finds him and...
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All About Books! rated it 6 months ago
Corduroy Guided Reading: Level K This book is about a sweet bear that leaves the comfort of the department store in hopes of finding a little girl to love him. This a great story to read to kids to show them how to have hope and compassion. I would use this in a lesson around Valentines Day. This is...
Mrs. Thornton's Classroom Library
Mrs. Thornton's Classroom Library rated it 6 months ago
This story of a small teddy bear waiting on a department store shelf for a child's friendship is an endless classic your students will love. This story targets younger readers with a reading level of 2-5 years. The adorable main character, Corduroy, is a stuffed teddy bear sure to pull on any reader...
Some of Ms. Pierson's Favorite Books!
This is a cute little story about a bear that wants to find a home. He realizes one day that he is missing a button and is on the search to find it. A little girl that has been wanting Corduroy saved up all of her money and the next day she came and bought him. She took Corduroy home and gave him a ...
Dara Beth's Classroom Library
Dara Beth's Classroom Library rated it 6 months ago
Corduroy was first published in 1968 by Don Freeman. This story is about a stuffed toy bear, by the name of Corduroy, who lives his life on the shelf of a department store. Corduroy longs to have a sense of belonging and friendship. One day, Corduroy meets a little girl who instantly falls in love h...
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