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I just have to say, we think Richard Scarry books are THE BEST!
For our oldest son’s first Christmas, his Uncle Clee and Aunt Cheryl gave him Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever. (I confess I was disturbed by the name before I knew how delightfully innocent and winsome it was, for I’d never heard of Richard Scarry before). It hands-down our son’s most treasured young children’s book. I can attest that we’ve spent over 100 hours snuggled up with that book – maybe more, and we never got bored. Richard Scarry was how our first learned to read!
Richard Scarry is perhaps the world’s best-loved children’s authors ever! In his extraordinary career, Richard Scarry illustrated over 150 books, many of which have never been out of print. His books have sold over 100 million copies. Generations all over the world have grown up spending hours pouring over his books filled with all the colorful details of their daily lives. No other illustrator has shown such a lively interest in the words and concepts of early childhood.
The stories are located in Busytown where Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm, Mr. Frumble, police Sergeant Murphy, Mr. Fixit, Bananas Gorilla, and Hilda Hippo capture your heart. People I know raised on Richard Scarry can’t wait to buy Richard Scarry books for their children or grandchildren.
When our oldest married, we lovingly put his well-loved Best Word Book Ever into his memory box, and I have no doubt it will be passed down one day.
You may never need to turn on the TV or videos to entertain your children with these books.
Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
Although Cars and Trucks and Things That Go has been around since many of today’s parents were little people, it has remained a steadfast must-have in every toddler’s library. It’s a great vocabulary guide that names the many things that go (and some that can’t, but are great fun to imagine anyway). It’s also teeming with detail-rich scenes and characters on every page, teaching children the rewards of looking long and closely. What’s most amazing about this book, however, is its longevity. When you purchase it for your fledgling talker, you should consider it an investment. Even 11-, 12-, and 13-year-olds are known to pore over the book nostalgically, cooing at Lowly Worm and eagerly tracking Officer Flossie’s book-long chase after that irresponsible, speedster driver in a cowboy hat. (Ages 2 and older) –Gail Hudson, Amazon Review
Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever
Words, words, words! They define everything, and young children everywhere want to define their world. Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever was the first of our collection. I have heard and read that the newer printings have reduced the number of pages, are more politically correct, and have a weaker binding, so if you may want to go for an older (gently used) printing. Our original was a hardback 10″ x 12″ and held up to years of wear and tear. This is the book with which we taught our children to cherish and protect their books.
Richard Scarry’s Best First Book Ever
Richard Scarry’s Best First Book Ever is a concept book. It addresses colors, shapes and sizes, good manners, counting, the alphabet, months of the year, and over 700 new words. It is outstanding for its scenes which help organize a child’s thoughts. For example, one page has vehicles and conveyances. Another is a market full of different vegetables and fruits, meats, canned goods, and shipping carts. Another page makes you to turn the book sideways and a huge cat with all the labeled body parts takes up both pages. Another page is a cut-away of a house showing each room, while another page has the alphabet. Another page is full of water craft. Another page is a farm complete with vegetable fields and different types of machinery. Another page has the months of the year with seasonal drawings. You won’t pick this book up and read it front to rear, rather open a few random pages and marvel at Richard Scarry’s mind!
This book deserves to be put at the top of the early reading list for your young children.
Richard Scarry’s Hop Aboard! Here We Go!
If your kids like anything that has an engine…they will love Hop Aboard! Here We Go! Richard Scarry did not slap his books together. He obviously spent quite a bit of time and detail on each picture, and you will appreciate his work. I know a bunch of children – both young and old – who appreciate him, too.
What Do People Do All Day? (full 96-pages)
Of What Do People Do All Day?, one happy Amazon reviewer states, “FINALLY! Re-Released in all its glory. What a lucky chance that I searched for this book just last week, as our (abridged) copy has been much loved over the past years and saw the pre-order for the 50th anniversary releases. I checked and the number of pages was 96! I was still a bit skeptical, I hadn’t seen a full length version since my childhood (at least 25 years ago!) at the local library – but I purchased it thinking it was worth the chance. What a great revelation to see the stories I had not seen in years.”
Good to know. I am getting three copies for each of our children (yet to have families of their own) this Christmas!
Busy, Busy World (full 96-pages)
An old review said, “Of all the Richard Scarry books we grew up with, why would Richard Scarry‘s Busy, Busy World be out of print? My son and I have been relying on my family’s old, taped-up copy, but several pages are missing. (The story about Sergeant Yukon of Canada ends with Smudge the chimney sweep rescuing Frau Wascherwommen’s little boy Hans…) Still, it’s our very favorite book, and for my son, it’s an obsession. My sister-in-law was very impressed when my not-quite-2-year-old said “Israel” and pointed to the right place on the world map! I want to get complete copies for my son and my nephew, but I can’t afford the collector’s prices. I hope an enlightened publisher brings this book back into print someday!”
Well, now they have…all 96 pages!
Busy, Busy Town
As implied by the title, Busy, Busy Town tells how everyone does their work in a hometown environment. Children are going to know about professions and careers like bankers, doctors, sanitation workers, clerks, policemen, pilots, various vendors, and lumber workers.
Busy, Busy Town is a stupendous (no exaggeration!) book intended to help children learn a broader and out-of-the-ordinary vocabulary about all the things in Busytown as well as in their town in the real world.
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