Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever / El mejor libro de palabras de Richard Scarry

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Discover the busy world of Richard Scarry for the first time ever in English and Spanish!

Descubre el dinámico mundo de Richard Scarry, ¡por primera vez en inglés y en español!

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Overview

Discover the busy world of Richard Scarry for the first time ever in English and Spanish!

Descubre el dinámico mundo de Richard Scarry, ¡por primera vez en inglés y en español!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873588737
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 337,378
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.42 (w) x 12.28 (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 19, 2008

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    This book is terrific for children growing up in biligual households as well as for spanish caregivers wanting to learn english.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Excellent book A++++++

    The book is awesome, I show this book to my 2 year son and he loves it, in the future i know he will like it more to learn some english (our primary language is spanish). I recommend it for day cares, I love this book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2010

    This book is excellent

    Bought this for my preschool Spanish students to check out and take home for a week at a time. All of them and their parents have enjoyed this book. Most asking for a second turn before the book made its way through the entire class the first time. In typical 'Busytown' fashion, items are labeled in English and Spanish. Great vocabulary and sight word builder for either language. It covers family, house parts, and all the things important to this age group. It's a great introduction to the written Spanish word. Moms told me they're learning when they read it with their children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2008

    Great

    Wonderful Scarry illustrations, fun to learn Spanish vocabulary. Good for Mom to review her Spanish, too!

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    Posted February 10, 2010

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