Corduroy, an adorable brown stuffed bear, spends his days waiting on a toy department shelf for someone, “to come along and take him home.” He catches the eye of a sweet African American girl one day, but her mother sighs, “I’ve already spent too much already. Besides, he doesn’t look new. He’s lost the button to one of his shoulder straps.” After the store closes that night, he sets out on a wild adventure to find his button. He never finds it, but he does find a wonderful friend the next morning when a little girl returns to buy him, with the money saved in her piggy bank.

A classic story that is never loses its many charms. The illustrations have a wonderful depth and detail, with cross-hatched black shadows and generous pastels. A thoroughly satisfying, endearing story.