Richard Scarry's Best First Book Ever

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Illus. in full color. Favorite Scarry animal characters introduce simple learning concepts and over 700 words.

Introduces the alphabet, counting, shapes and sizes, colors, parts of the body, months of the year, manners, nursery rhymes, and more.

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Overview

Illus. in full color. Favorite Scarry animal characters introduce simple learning concepts and over 700 words.

Introduces the alphabet, counting, shapes and sizes, colors, parts of the body, months of the year, manners, nursery rhymes, and more.

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"Kids will enjoy the surprises as Scarry teaches the alphabet, numbers, and vocabulary."--The New York Times.  
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394842509
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1979
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 123,393
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.56 (w) x 12.05 (h) x 0.37 (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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  • Posted February 7, 2010

    An all time favorite, for the last two generations!

    Some of the things in the book are no longer used. It needs an update. My family enjoyed the book some 40 years ago, now my grandchild is enjoying it too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Classic book for a baby, toddler,or new reader

    I had this book as a child and lost it in a move. Now that I am a mom, I had to get this book for my baby. She loves looking at the pictures and pointing to the pictures, colors, and numbers. I look forward to listening to her reading this each night. Richard Scarry's "Best First Book Ever!" is a classic piece of literature for new families.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2002

    Little Ones Love This Book

    I used this book with my own 5-6 year old and have also used it as a teacher of young children. They all have loved it. The pictures are humorous and outstanding. Talking about them helps little ones develop good vocabularies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    our family just loves this book

    Remembering reading this book with our children, I chose it for our two year old grandchildren for Christmas. All three of them were captivated by the book, and all three books are looking very well loved already.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Still a Favorite

    I grew up reading Richard Scarry so I naturally wanted one of his books for my son's library. This book fits the bill. Lots of words and pictures to spark discussions with an easy to read and follow story. There are other Scarry books out there but this is the one for us.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    We all love this book!

    Having owned this book as a child I was excited to introduce it to my 2 year old son. He absolutely loves it. I now carry it with me in my diaper bag or stroller for those "just in case" moments. He has many favorite pages and loves being able to recognize objects he knows. It has also been my go-to-gift for friends with children of the same age and even older. I look forward to introducing my son to even more of Richard Scarry's wonderful books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2009

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    One of My Kids' Favorites!

    I got this book for my now 21 year old (when he was a baby). He loved this book as did his little brother. You can make this story short or long depending on how much time you have. You take Huckle Kitty through his day and your child can point at and learn the words that go with the pictures. This is a great book for pulling a kid into your lap and enjoying a reading session.

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