Picture Book Heaven
If there is one thing in the world that can make the sun shine when it is raining for us at Loony Literature, it is a beautiful picture book. For children up to the age of four, picture books work very well as each page has wonderful illustrations which the child can devour with their eyes while listening to the story.
A truly charming picture book to look out for is ‘Corduroy’ by Don Freeman which was first published in 1968 but children still adore it today. Corduroy is a cute teddy in green dungarees who sits on the shelf of a department store hoping to find a new home. Unfortunately, Corduroy has a dangling shoulder strap because the button has fallen off his dungarees and is lost.
When a young girl sees him and falls in love with him, Corduroy’s hopes are lifted until her mother says that she has spent enough money and then points out that he has a broken shoulder strap anyway. Corduroy waits until the store closes and then goes in search of a button for his dungarees.
Never Give Up
He makes his way to the furniture department and tries to pull a button off a mattress but knocks a lamp over. The night watchman hears this and when he sees Corduroy he returns him back to his shelf. However, the young girl returns the next day with her own money to buy Corduroy. This is truly a book for little children to learn about determination both on the part of Corduroy as he journeyed for his lost button and the little girl who used her savings to give the little bear a home.
Incidentally, if you are an adult who hasn’t read a picture book for a long time, do try it. The reason for this is that they are uplifting. I find that if I feel a bit grumpy and I spend some time looking at picture books, I emerge in a much better mood.