The setting for CORDUROY is a department store. One day, a young girl discovers a stuffed bear on the shelf of the toy department while on a shopping trip with her mother. Although the girl wants the bear, her mother suggests that this bear is not worth buying because he has a button missing and does not look new. Hearing this, Corduroy, the bear, searches the department store for a new button after the girl and her mother leave. Corduroy has several exciting adventures after leaving the shelf, including a train ride, a fall into a barrel of balls, and an interesting experience with a boat. Finally, he reaches the furniture department of the store and finds a mattress with buttons just perfect for him. When he tries to pull up the button, a floor lamp falls and the crash brings a security guard to the scene. The security guard discovers Corduroy and returns him to the toy department. The next day, the girl returns to the store to buy the bear. The story ends with the girl and Corduroy at home. She sews a button on his trousers and gives him his name.