Gregory's Shadow

by Don Freeman (Author) Don Freeman (Illustrator)

Gregory's Shadow
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
The creator of Corduroy introduces a shy groundhog named Gregory, who feels brave only when his friend, Shadow, is close by. They become separated the day before Groundhog Day, and everyone will be waiting to see them both. Will they find each other in time? Full color.
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In what PW called an "ingenious tale" by the creator of Corduroy (posthumously published), a groundhog always feels braver when his best pal, his shadow, accompanies him, but the two inadvertently become separated. Ages 2-6. (Nov.)
Don Freeman
Don Freeman was born in San Diego, California, in 1908. At an early age, he received a trumpet as a gift from his father. He practiced obsessively and eventually joined a California dance band. After graduating from high school, he ventured to New York City to study art under the tutelage of Joan Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students' League. He managed to support himself throughout his schooling by playing his trumpet evenings, in nightclubs and at weddings.

Gradually, he eased into making a living sketching impressions of Broadway shows for The New York Times and The Herald Tribune. This shift was helped along, in no small part, by a rather heartbreaking incident: he lost his trumpet. One evening, he was so engrossed in sketching people on the subway, he simply forgot it was sitting on the seat beside him. This new career turned out to be a near-perfect fit for Don, though, as he had always loved the theater.

He was introduced to the world of children's literature when William Saroyan asked him to illustrate several books. Soon after, he began to write and illustrate his own books, a career he settled into comfortably and happily. Through his writing, he was able to create his own theater: "I love the flow of turning the pages, the suspense of what's next. Ideas just come at me and after me. It's all so natural. I work all the time, long into the night, and it's such a pleasure. I don't know when the time ends. I've never been happier in my life!"

Don died in 1978, after a long and successful career. He created many beloved characters in his lifetime, perhaps the most beloved among them a stuffed, overall-wearing bear named Corduroy.

Don Freeman was the author and illustrator of many popular books for children, including Corduroy, A Pocket for Corduroy, and the Caldecott Honor Book Fly High, Fly Low.
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Puffin Books
Publication date
December 30, 2002
Picture Puffin Books
BISAC categories
JUV002160 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mammals
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