The other day, I was doing my annual January inventory of books, to figure out what’s still working for my six-year-old twins, and what they’ve outgrown and are ready to donate. They lobbied to keep titles they’ve adored since they were infants, like the Eric Carle board books now falling apart at the seams from being read countless times. And no one would consider parting with any book about Winnie the Pooh and his pals. But it was another book about a bear that had me saying, “That’s a keeper — for sure.”
There are so many amazing books for kids out there, but Corduroy is one of my all-time favorites. Kids love the 1968 classic because it embodies classic themes like the importance of friendship and a loving home (Plus the idea of getting to explore a store after hours is just plain cool!). But I think there’s even more to learn from the story of how little Lisa got her teddy bear, which is why Corduroy is a book my boys and I keep coming back to, story time after story time.
1. It teaches the value of money.
Most of our household purchases happen with the help of a credit or debit card, which can make it harder for my kids to understand that things cost money, and that Mommy doesn’t have a magic card that lets her buy them whatever she wants, whenever they want it (If only!).
“Oh Mommy!” she said. “Look! There’s the very bear I’ve always wanted.”
When Lisa asks her mom for Corduroy, her mom tells her no.
“Not today dear, “her mother sighed. “I’ve spent too much already. Besides, he doesn’t look new. He’s lost the button to one of his shoulder straps.”