Top critical review
Great CD, except for stereotyping after story: saying a non-white woman may be from a "Far-away Land"!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 7, 2016
Corduroy is a great character and our kids love the books. We get the CD to listen to in the car as well, which is wonderful and well-done with cute sound effects. However, I have ONE issue about the discussion part in the CD, after the story is done. It encourages kids to look at the illustrations and 'make up stories' about each character is the background of the pictures. This is not thoughtfully done and actually promotes stereotyping (is the man in the beret with long hair an artist??). The worst one is of an Asian-looking woman "Is she from a far-away land???". I stopped in my tracks the first time I heard it, and it annoys me every time. "No, she could be AMERICAN, and looks like your grandmother!" I always want to say. Kids should not be taught to assume that people who don't look like them are from a 'far-away land." Benign, but that's where it starts... hmmph.