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Corduroy…and More Stories About Caring

posted by Nell Minow
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
MPAA Rating:NR
Profanity:None
Nudity/Sex:None
Alcohol/Drugs:None
Violence/Scariness:Mild tension
Diversity Issues:None
DVD Release Date:July 29, 2008
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
MPAA Rating: NR
Profanity: None
Nudity/Sex: None
Alcohol/Drugs: None
Violence/Scariness: Mild tension
Diversity Issues: None
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
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My very favorite DVD series for kids is saluting the 40th anniversary of the classic book Corduroy with a beautiful new DVD version. It is the story of a toy bear who goes off in search of his missing button and finds a caring friend. Has there ever been a better last line in a book?

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This DVD also includes some of the series very best, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel and the one that really made my children laugh, Smile for Auntie. This is a gem.

  • myshkin2

    Thanks for reminding me of this. I spent hours with this book and the video with my oldest daughter. Everytime we pass a laudromat we make reference to the artist there who makes paintings based on the clothes spinning in the dryer.

  • jestrfyl

    Mike Mulligan has been my life-long hero. I remember very clearly my mom taking me past a construction site simply so I could see “Mike” deep in the hole. I was probably no more than 3 or 4.
    I realize that DVD’s are convenient, and that professionals do the voices. But nothing compares to reading this book with a kid – and helping each other make the sounds and do the voices.
    However, it might take a while to explain “steam shovel”. Perhaps it is time for a renewed version that keeps the charm but upgrades the machinery. Of course, the ending might have to change too. With our upgraded HVAC equipment it is very unlikely that a Big Digger could be converted to heat and cool a building. Maybe there can be a Mike in Space – a Shuttle that becomes a Lab that heats and cools and does all the computations.

  • Nell Minow

    The story of Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne the steam shovel was one of my very favorites, too. I am pretty sure I first heard it on “Captain Kangaroo,” but I think I also heard it at my local library’s story hour. The devotion and the way they solved the problem were so simple and endearing, every bit as satisfying now as it was when I first heard it.

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