Corduroy, by Don Freeman, takes place in a big department store in which Corduroy, a stuffed teddy bear, has a button missing from his clothes. Nobody will buy Corduroy because he's a "damaged product" (missing that button), and so at night, when toys come alive and explore, Corduroy sets off in search of a replacement button. He has some boisterous adventures. There's a happy ending, which I always like. The theme, or message, of the book is good, too: Everybody deserves to be loved, no matter how they look.
Grown-ups will enjoy reading Corduroy to preschoolers, and young readers (in grades 1-3) will have fun reading the book on their own. The illustrations are lively and cheerful, and readers will keep reading to discover where Corduroy's button search leads him. There are some cute surprises along the way.
Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat
P.S. Did you click on the hyperlinked word boisterous above? It takes you to the dictionary for a definition. Boisterous is a cool action word that you could add to your vocabulary.