Grin and Bear It: The Wit and Wisdom of Corduroy

Based on the characters created by Don Freeman, illus. by Don Freeman and Jody Wheeler. Viking, $12.99 (56p) ISBN 978-0-451-47929-7
This slender volume in bright cherry red offers motivational tips gleaned from the Corduroy books, with Freeman’s vintage illustrations featured throughout. The overalls-clad stuffed bear stands atop a stool as he reaches for elevator buttons: “You’re never too small to get where you need to go,” reads the accompanying piece of wisdom. In another illustration, Corduroy’s owner, Lisa, sews the bear’s button back on: “There’s no hurt so big that it can’t be mended by friendship.” Images show Corduroy in mid-quandary, kerfuffle, or adventure—being carried by a scruffy dog by the backseat of his overalls (“Everybody needs a little pick-me-up now and again”), swinging from a lamp (“Sometimes you have to fall so you know you’re able to get back up”), and seconds away from tipping over a box of soap chips: “Curiosity didn’t kill the bear.” Readers embarking on new adventures will be reminded that “friends come in all shapes, sizes, and species” and “there’s always a good reason to party!” The gentle advice and classic images make for an evergreen pairing. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/26/2018
Release date: 03/27/2018
Genre: Children's
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