Diverse Classic


Had you told me a few months ago that I was moving into a house full of psychologists, I would have run screaming.

But in addition to being incredibly kind, gentle people, our new landlords (who, as Ph.D.’s in child development and social psychology, don’t appear phased by my near abandonment of academia) are extremely sweet towards our daughter. During a recent visit they brought some wonderful books for Laurel’s birthday; among them, A Pocket for Corduroy, which has become a fast favorite.

Revisiting this classic many years later, I am struck by the diversity that author Don Freeman weaves through the story's pages. And apparently Laurel is struck by it too; whenever we get to the page with the Asian woman illustrated, Laurel proclaims, “That’s my mommy!”

A Pocket for Corduroy; regularly $15.99, on sale for $10.87 at Amazon.