Corduroy's Christmas is one of my most loved books from my childhood Christmas book collection. Corduroy, the bear, was originally created by Don Freeman. This book, written by B. G. Hennessy, not only has adorable and richly colored illustrations by Lisa McCue, it also provided lots of fun and surprises for me as a child with it's Lift-The-Flap feature.
This is a hard cover book of a generous size of 9 x 9" square. The shiny cover was irresistable to me as a child and it still shines today. The pages are very thick high quality stock that have stood the test of time.
There are twelve pages that hold surprises under the paper flaps that I would lift up to see what was underneath. No matter how many times this book was read to me, I would always delight in lifting the flap to reveal what was inside a box of ornaments, behind the oven door, under the wrapping paper, behind the curtains, and so on.
The illustrations are so crisp. I still marvel at the detail, from the footprints leading towards the next door neighbor's house to the stitching in someone's stocking cap.
Corduroy is a cute little stuffed bear. His friends consist of other stuffed creatures such as a dog and a pink checkered kitty. I loved the story itself. It is simple enough for a small child, but I would not recommend this book for a toddler. Those paper flaps would get ripped off in no time. If you are looking for a wonderful little book for a child of about four and up, Corduroy's Christmas is about a bear preparing for Christmas, and it is a very festive, very beautiful book with illustrations larger than life. I love it!