Monday, August 11, 2008

Don Freeman- 100th Birth Anniversary

Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. Youngsters will never get tired of this toy-comes-alive tale with a happy ending, so you may also want to seek out Don Freeman's next creation. Don Freeman was born August 11, 1908. He came to New York in the 1920s to become a jazz musician, but discovered his true love was drawing and sketching the people and places around him. His picture books are suitable for ages 3 and up, and they are about topics as varied as a New York City doorman who is secretly an artist on the side, to a beloved bear who gets lost inside a washing machine. His books have wonderful themes of friendship and characters that are honest and sincere and learn lessons about always being themselves. Celebrate his 100th Birthday with “Earl the Squirrel, A Pocket for Corduroy, Norman the Doorman or the original Corduroy” Which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

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