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Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever

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Words, words, words! They define everything and kids want to define their world. Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever is frankly the best word book ever!!! From the Bear's home to the beach, from the airport to the zoo, verbs, numbers, parts of the body, every oversized spread has hundreds of things  to look at, point to, and identify. 

Pigs, cats, rabbits, and bears, all doing what we do every day—playing with toys, driving fire ...

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Overview

Words, words, words! They define everything and kids want to define their world. Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever is frankly the best word book ever!!! From the Bear's home to the beach, from the airport to the zoo, verbs, numbers, parts of the body, every oversized spread has hundreds of things  to look at, point to, and identify. 

Pigs, cats, rabbits, and bears, all doing what we do every day—playing with toys, driving fire engines, and experiencing life, just like the avid readers of this classic favorite.

In print for fifty years, this book has sold over a half million copies. . . . That's over a billion words learned by children all over the world. 
Learning has never been more fun! 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307155108
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: Little Golden Book Series
  • Edition description: Giant Little Golden Book
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 898
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.44 (w) x 12.19 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry is one of the world's best-loved children's authors EVER! Generations of children 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. Whenever he was asked how old he was, Scarry would always put up one hand and laugh, saying, "five!"

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 around the world, and are currently published in over twenty languages. Richard Scarry's son, Huck, carries on his father's work today. Richard Scarry was posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Illustrators in 2012.

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 February 20, 2010

    Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever

    This is the best book. I had my granddaughter's attention for almost an hour going page by page and naming all the activities, people and animals ..... and she is 2 1/2!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Best kids' book ever - I give to every child I know

    This book is wonderful for ages only a few months all the way up to about 7 or 8. And as my kids got older I would find them in bed rereading their tattered copy of this for years - even over the age of 10. If you can only afford one book, get this. Each page is packed full of tiny little details that little ones will love to find and point out, and each page is an everyday situation - a grocery store, a dinner table, a construction site, getting up in the morning and getting dressed, etc. The drawings are clear and very cute, with tiny little bunnies, worms, bugs, and bears and other animals, all dressed and ready for their day. This has fantastic appeal for boys and girls. I am a huge fan of Scarry's work and this is the best book. The book is big and easy to hold on a lap. Each page will engage a child for a pretty long time. I adore this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    RICHARD SCARRY

    I bought this book for my grandson, when my son, (his dad) was a baby/toddler he used to sit on grandma's lap and they read this book together. So I wanted my grandson to have something that was a huge part of his dad's life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    I'd buy this over and over...

    I bought this book 30 years ago when my son was small; now I bought it for my grandson! I found it very useful to teach recognition of colors, numbers, shapes, and objects. We'd look at it for hours at a time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    This book is awesome

    This is our second copy of this book The first copy was a hand-me-down that was falling apart. Our 2 year old loved the book so much we decided to buy her a new copy. I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    I purchased this for my children about 30 years ago. They loved

    I purchased this for my children about 30 years ago. They loved it and we would read together for hours looking at the pictures and studying all of the details. We would read it for hours on end. I had searched for it recently for a friend's young son but to no avail. I am so excited about locating the book and am now purchasing it for my first grandchild. It illustrates so many preschool concepts and helps young children become aware of the world around them. I anticipate spending many hours with my grandchild and hope that he will come to love it as did his dad many years ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    I used this book as a public school speech-language specialist b

    I used this book as a public school speech-language specialist before I retired.  Some children just did
    not have the vocabulary skills to succeed in school.  You can play games with your children in many ways using 
    this book.  Say, "Show me a ______." or "Where is a (color) + (category)" as in "Where is a red toy?" and the 
    child can point.  Ask, "What is this?" and the child can name a picture.  Use the book to give you ideas about 
    expanding the vocabulary skills in your own environment.  Just as the title suggests, "The Best Word Book."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Highly recommend.

    Just used the book for the first time with my 2-1/2 yr old grandson. The first two pages, which cover the alphabet, proved highly interactive as I asked him to identify the various letters and pictures. Was fun watching his eyes scan the pages as he searched for the correct image or letter.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Toddlers and Preschoolers love this one.

    Perfect book for learning the names of things. Fun pictures and easy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Really "The Best"

    Great book - first saw it when my second grandchild was born - now buying for my great-grandkids - I send this book every time I need a "new baby" gift..... children learn from the first colors or picture recognition before the age of 1, right through pre-school years and early reading skills, number counting and exploring the world of every-day life. This book covers it all and grows with the child. It's a book that can be used every day for years.........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Best word book ever.

    Great book for under five years old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2007

    Association

    This book is excellent for teaching children to associate one thing to another and then split them of into groups according to their similarities and differences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2005

    The Best Memories

    My grandma read this book to me when i was little. I really felt attached to the book and i thought i could really relate to it somehow. Now after cleaning out my closet i find it at the very bottom. Its not in the best condition but it still brings out the kid in me..even though im still a kid. Ill probably give it or buy one for my children when i grow up. I spent a lot of time taping it ^_^

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2003

    Not just for English speakers

    I bought this book 20 years ago while studying in Germany. My version had everything in three languages, British English, French and German. I learned more from this book than all my german language classes and textbooks. The French was an added bonus...I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2002

    Great book!

    I got the Lithuanian version of this book when I was 8 years old. It helped me out a lot when I was younger and it still helps me. I highly recommend the Lithuanian version of this book to anyone who is interested or currently is studying Lithuanian!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2001

    Kids Favorite

    I gave this book to my 5-year-old nieces. At the time my sister-in-law provided day care for several other children. This book was everyone's favorite. In fact, they would get into fights over it! It's the only gift my brother ever thanked me for giving his daughter! (He liked it too!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 1999

    Yay! I found it!

    I loved this book when I was a kid! I recently got it back from my sister's children, and found that pages had been torn out and the book had been poorly taken care of. I didn't think anybody would have it, but here it is, among a bazillion other Scarry titles. (: I'm going to save it for my children.

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