Don Freeman's classic character, Corduroy, continues to stir the hearts and imagination of children and adults around the world. Published over thirty years ago, this children's book, in which a bear leaves the safety of his department store shelf in order to do almost anything to be adopted by a little girl, is one of the most endearing and enduring in existence. Instilling the theme of hope and compassion, there's no doubt that this beloved picture book will continue to be a favorite for each new generation waiting to have their own "Corduroy" experience. Born in San Diego, California, Freeman moved to New York City in the 1940's to study art while making a living as a jazz trumpeter. He died in 1978, leaving his beloved audience with a treasury of classic children's stories. Corduroy is a story that all children can relate to.