Corduroy by Don Freeman is about a teddy bear in a toy store. One day a little girl walks in, and she wants the bear badly. The little girl's mom did not buy her the bear, because he was missing a button on his overalls. The little girl does not mind the missing button, so she saves up her own money to buy him. The bear looks for his button all over the store, but he cannot find it. The little girl ends up buying the bear exactly as he is.
Use in the classroom: I would use this in the classroom to teach parts of a book, such as theme, plot, point of view, setting, and character. The students would figure out the five parts of the book, then they would get into groups to create their own story using the same theme, but with different characters, point of view, setting. and plot.