Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Busy Busy World of Richard Scarry

You know what books are great, and timeless? Richard Scarry books. The amazing thing about his books are observing how children can pore over them for hours, they really do provide a lot of bang for your buck. Each page has countless things to look at, different things happening, and all with the words labeled. They are fun because they are as enjoyable for the non-reader as they are for the reader.

Many of the characters appear in his books, and all of these characters live in Busytown. It is a wild and wonderful world where anything can happen.

I tend to enjoy the books that are "quiet" more than those that are chaotic and loud, but these would be one of my glaring exceptions. They are busy just as the town is Busytown. But they are fun, and funny and children adore them. The illustrations are also particularly delightful.


The Best Word Book Ever
by Richard Scarry

My favorite book is

Richard Scarry's Busy Busy World
by Richard Scarry
I love the Swiss Guard running alongside the bus!


My oldest nephew was a master at quickly finding Goldbug on each page of 
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go.



Richard Scarry also did some books on manners, thoughtfulness and caring for children.
(Ahhh...remember when children were taught manners?)
Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book
Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book

and the funny yet poignant
PIG WILL AND PIG WON'T BY RICHARD SCARRY

Pig Will and Pig Won't


Another book that is illustrated by Richard Scarry, that perfectly captures the "quietude" of books is

I Am a Bunny

It is such a lovely book, with beautiful illustrations and one I often like to give as a gift to a young child. There is a deep beauty in this book.


I Am A Bunny by Ole Risom
 
I Am A Bunny by Ole Risom
 
I Am A Bunny by Ole Risom



 An interesting article was written last year at the 50th Anniversary of the Best Word Book Ever
that showed pages from the original contrasting to the redone version of the newer. Most of them were social changes, such as omitting of Indian costumes and placing a male bunny and a female bunny in the kitchen (not just the female as in the original). It is an interesting read.
Playing Spot the Difference with Richard Scarrys Best Word Book Ever



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