Celebrate 50 years of America's favorite teddy bear with a brand-new, classically illustrated picture book by Academy Award winner Viola Davis. When Lisa takes Corduroy to the theater for the very first time, it’s so magnificent and exciting that he just can’t help heading out on his own to explore. From the orchestra pit to the prop table to the dressing rooms, Corduroy sees it all. Could there be a place for Corduroy on stage, too?
Fifty years after this lovable, inquisitive teddy bear was first introduced to readers, he’s now the star of the show. Author Viola Davis uses her own experience as an Emmy, Tony, and Oscar Award-winning actress to imbue Corduroy’s adventure with all the magic of the stage. A beautifully illustrated tale with a classic feel, Corduroy Takes a Bow is sure to spark an interest in theater in children of any age.
About the Author
VIOLA DAVIS is a critically revered, award-winning actress of film, television, and theater. She is the first black actress to win Tony (Fences and King Hedley II), Oscar (Fences) and Emmy (How to Get Away with Murder) awards for acting. In 2012, Davis and her husband founded their production company, JuVee Productions, with its focus being on giving a voice to the voiceless through strong, impactful and culturally relevant narratives.
DON FREEMAN (1908 – 1978) was a celebrated children’s book author and illustrator. His many popular titles include Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy.
JODY WHEELER is the illustrator of over forty books for children. She lives in New York City.
"Perhaps the book's most valuable visual aspect is featuring people of color in all elements of the theater, from Lisa and her mother, of course, to the orchestra pit, stage manager, and actors . . . A sweet story that will have children clamoring to see a show, perhaps with their own bears." -Kirkus Reviews
"A delightful new act for ever-curious Corduroy—and an entertaining introduction to the theater." -Booklist