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Corduroy  by Don Freeman
 
 

Corduroy is a bear who once lived in the toy department of a big store. Day after day he waited with all the other animals and dolls, for somebody to come along and take him home.  The store was always filled with shoppers buying all sorts of things but no one ever seemed to want a small bear in green overalls. Then one morning, a little girl stopped and looked straight into Corduroy's bright eyes.

"Oh Mommy!" she said. "Look, there's the very bear I've always wanted!"

"Not today dear," her mother sighed, "I've spent too much already. Besides he doesn't look new. He's lost a button to one of his shoulder straps." Corduroy watched them sadly as they walked away. 

"I didn't know I'd lost a button ..." he said to himself. "Tonight I'll go and see if I can find it."

Late that evening, when all the shoppers had gone and the doors were shut and locked; Corduroy climbed carefully down from his shelf and began searching everywhere on the floor for his lost button. Suddenly, he felt the floor moving under him. Quite by accident, he had stepped on to an escalator and up he went. "Could this be a mountain?" he wondered, "I think I've always wanted to climb a mountain."
He stepped off the escalator as it reached the next floor and there, before his eyes, was the most amazing site.  Tables and chairs and lamps and sofas - and rows and rows of beds. "This must be a palace!" Corduroy gasped. "This must be a bed," he said. "I've always wanted to sleep in a bed...." and up he crawled on to a large, thick mattress.
All at once he saw something small and round "Why here's my button!" he cried and he tried to pick it up but it was tied down tight. He yanked and pulled with both paws until POP off came the button and off the mattress Corduroy tumbled BANG into a tall floor lamp and over it fell with a crash! Corduroy didn't know it, but there was someone else awake in the store. The night watchman was going his rounds on the floor above and was coming down the escalator.
"Now who in the world did that!" he exclaimed. "Somebody must be hiding around here!" He flashed his light under and over sofas, beds until he came to the biggest bed of all.... and there he saw two fuzzy brown ears sticking up from under the cover. "Hello," he said, "How did you get upstairs?"
The watchman tucked Corduroy under his arm and carried him down the escalator..... And set him on the shelf in the toy department with the other animals and dolls. Corduroy was just waking up when the first customers came into the store in the morning. There looking at him with a wide, warm smile was the same little girl he'd seen only the day before.
"I'm Lisa," she said, "and you're going to be my very own bear. Last night I counted what I've saved in my piggy bank and my mother said I can bring you home."  
"Shall I put him in a box for you?" the saleslady asked.
"Oh no thank you," Lisa answered, and she carried Corduroy home in her arms.
She ran all the way up four flights of stairs into her family's apartment and straight to her own room.  Corduroy blinked - there was a chair and a chest of drawers and alongside a girl sized bed, stood a little bed just the right size for him. "This must be home," he said. I know I've always wanted one." Lisa sat down with Corduroy on her lap and began to sew a button on his overalls.  "I like you the way you are," she said "but you'll be more comfortable with your shoulder strap fastened." "You must be a friend," said Corduroy, "I've always wanted a friend." "Me too!" said Lisa, and gave him a big hug.
 
This little bear is made from corduroy. That's where the name from the story comes from.
Who said it?
1. "Look, there's the very bear I've always wanted."
2. "Not today dear," 
3. "I didn't know I'd lost a button ..."
4. "Somebody must be hiding around here."
5.  "I've always wanted to sleep in a bed...."
6. "Shall I put him in a box for you?"
7. "This must be home,"
 
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