Don Freeman’s classic picture book, Corduroy, is a simple and elegant tale of the teddy bear who merely wanted a home. Corduroy has sat on the shelf amongst an assortment of other toys for as long as he can remember. However, his luck appears to change when a little girl zeroes in on Corduroy’s cuddly face, proclaiming that he is “the very bear” she’s always desired. Unfortunately, tired from a long day of shopping, her mother dismisses the bear, citing Corduroy’s lack of a button to hold up his shoulder strap as an indicator of his age. Corduroy is befuddled, unaware that he had been missing a button, and seeks to reclaim the accessory. Corduroy’s charming story is best shared out loud, as kids will delight in the bear’s quest, and the touching, happy ending.