Best Mother Goose Ever!

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Fifty favorite and not so well-known nursery rhymes are brought to vibrant life by Richard Scarry whose bears, pigs, cats, and rabbits perfectly illustrate these familiar verses. From Old Mother Hubbard to Jack Sprat, this oversize book depicts these most classic characters in bright, funny, colorful detail. 
Mother Goose is a perfect foundation for any child's library, and Richard Scarry is the ideal illustrator to make these first poems ...
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Overview

Fifty favorite and not so well-known nursery rhymes are brought to vibrant life by Richard Scarry whose bears, pigs, cats, and rabbits perfectly illustrate these familiar verses. From Old Mother Hubbard to Jack Sprat, this oversize book depicts these most classic characters in bright, funny, colorful detail. 
Mother Goose is a perfect foundation for any child's library, and Richard Scarry is the ideal illustrator to make these first poems accessible and fun.  
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307155788
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: Richard Scarry's Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 57,852
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.59 (w) x 12.18 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Scarry
Richard Scarry
Thousands of children have learned to read with Richard Scarry’s busy, colorful, generous books. But Scarry has done more than help kids read. With their bright illustrations, simple text, and gentle lessons on sharing and tolerance, Scarry's stories have also helped kids grow up and relate to people around them.

Biography

"I'm not interested in creating a book that is read once and then placed on the shelf and forgotten," Richard Scarry once said. "I am very happy when people write that they have worn out my books, or that they are held together by Scotch tape. I consider that the ultimate compliment." Considering the propensity of Scarry's preschool-age readership to ask for their favorite books again and again, it's a compliment he must have received often during his tenure as one of the most popular children's authors of all time.

Scarry began his career as a freelance illustrator, drawing pictures to accompany the text of books by children’s authors such as Margaret Wise Brown, Kathryn Jackson, and Patricia Murphy (who became Patricia Scarry when she married Richard in 1949). His first two efforts at writing his own books, The Great Big Car and Truck Book (1951) and Rabbit and His Friends (1953), already suggest some of his interests as an author: travel, technology, and talking animals.

But it was the 1963 publication of Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever that put Scarry on bestseller lists, and established his signature style. Its densely packed pages are populated by anthropomorphic animals at work and play, in drawings that reward multiple readings with details children (and parents) may not notice at first glance. The large-format book contains over 1400 illustrated and labeled objects, along with simple introductions to concepts like sharing and helping.

In Busy, Busy World (1965), Scarry's animals star in a series of international adventures in such far-flung locales as Paris, Rome, and Algeria. Well before multiculturalism was an educational buzzword, Scarry believed he could use animals to help children imaginatively enter others' experiences. In a Publishers Weekly interview, he explained that "children can identify more closely with pictures of animals than they can with pictures of another child. They see an illustration of a blond girl or a dark-haired boy, who they know is somebody other than themselves, and competition creeps in. With imagination -- and children all have marvelous imagination -- they can easily identify with an anteater who is a painter or a goat who is an Indian."

Though Scarry soon abandoned exotic settings in favor of the fictional Busytown, he continued to illustrate different roles in society with cherubic critters like Postman Pig, Huckle Cat, Sergeant Murphy, and Lowly Worm. Once he had developed a cast of characters, he introduced them into everything from picture dictionaries and activity books to mystery stories and manners lessons.

Scarry's books, which have sold over 100 million copies and been translated into 30 languages, always reflected his own curiosity about the world. "Wherever I go, I'm watching," he liked to say. "Even on vacation, when I'm in an airport or a railroad station, I look around, snap pictures, and find out how people do things." In relating his discoveries to children, he expanded not only their vocabularies, but their understanding of the "busy world" as a social community in which people work, play, cooperate and share.

Good To Know

From 1941 through 1946, Scarry served in the U.S. Army. The army, he joked, "thought I would make a good radio repairman. My exam mark was minus 13, so they decided to make me a corporal." Scarry wound up as an art director for the Morale Services Section, and eventually rose to the rank of captain.

Richard Scarry's son Huck Scarry is also a writer and illustrator of children's books, including some new additions to the Busytown series. His nickname matches that of the title character in one of his father's favorite books, Huckleberry Finn.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard McClure Scarry (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1919
    2. Place of Birth:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      April 30, 1994
    2. Place of Death:
      Gstaad, Switzerland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2009

    I wish I could give it 6 stars

    My mother used to read this book to me when I was little. My copy was lost in a fire a few years ago. I have been thinking about it alot over the last few months and decided to look for it. I couldn't remember the name of it so I scrolled through google images looking for it. I almost cried when I saw the familiar cover. This is one of the best collections of nursery rhymes ever. I am living proof that your children will not only enjoy this book now, but they will enjoy it 20 years from now and will want to read it to their children

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2006

    Still a favorite!

    I still have my copy of this book from when I was a child. I'm now in my 30s and the mother of two young children. They love it as much as I do. This is one of the best collections of Mother Goose I have ever seen. The most well know nursery rhymes are included, which is a great way to introduce your child to nursery rhymes & literature. Also, the illustrations are very friendly and memorable. If you were only going to buy one book of nursery rhymes, this should be the one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    GREAT BOOK

    This was my favorite book as a kid. Mom use to read this to me every night when I was five and six years old. Today, I can still remember some of the rhymes by heart!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    My children grew up with Richard Scarry's books and I am now ordering them for their children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2002

    Another great book to get!

    Okay so I'm twenty five buying 2 copies of this book- one for me one for my niece--- this is a great book! i read it as a child and even as a grown up- I can't wait to read it again! richard scarry is so great- his books were like my security blanket! i can't wait to pass this down to my kids!

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