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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect first dictionary!
RICHARD SCARRY'S BEST WORD BOOK EVER is just that, the best word book ever for young children. Hundreds of words used in everyday langauge are represented in this fun, first dictionary.
Scarry's Busy Town characters introduce chidren to the world of words. Each page is dedicated to a different category of words such as "Tools", "At The...
Published on April 20, 1998 by Sharon Galligar Chance

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152 of 161 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I was a little disappointed...
I had the book when I was little (we called it Big Book). When I bought it for my son recently, I had the feeling that I remembered pages that weren't there: birds, flowers, buildings. I hunted up my old copy and sure enough, there were quite a few pages missing in the newer book. But nowhere in Joey's book does it say it's a revised edition! What's in the book is great,...
Published on July 15, 1998


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152 of 161 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I was a little disappointed..., July 15, 1998
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I had the book when I was little (we called it Big Book). When I bought it for my son recently, I had the feeling that I remembered pages that weren't there: birds, flowers, buildings. I hunted up my old copy and sure enough, there were quite a few pages missing in the newer book. But nowhere in Joey's book does it say it's a revised edition! What's in the book is great, but I can't get rid of the feeling that we got gypped!
Another problem with the book is that it's not bound very well. All our Richard Scarry books seem to fall apart at the spine in very short order. It's true we read them constantly, but we read other books as often, and they don't fall apart as quickly.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect first dictionary!, April 20, 1998
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RICHARD SCARRY'S BEST WORD BOOK EVER is just that, the best word book ever for young children. Hundreds of words used in everyday langauge are represented in this fun, first dictionary.
Scarry's Busy Town characters introduce chidren to the world of words. Each page is dedicated to a different category of words such as "Tools", "At The Playground", and "At The Supermarket". Also included are the ABC's, number words, and words for parts of the human body.
Oprah Winfrey recently chose this book as one of the books she would recommend for children learning to read. I think this book is essential for every child's library. It is Terrific!
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Richard Scarry Classic, May 29, 2001
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B Mistele (Grayslake, IL USA) - See all my reviews
I think I could highly recommend all of Richard Scarry's books, but this is a one of the classics. This is the book I most identify with Richard Scarry. A large book with loads of things on every page - all with the word underneath. In addition, the cover has numbers to 20 and the letters of the alphabet all with the appropriate corresponding items. This more than anything taught my son not only how to count but what numbers actually mean. I am now buying our second copy; our first is missing it's cover and is torn on many pages. My son is almost 4 years old and has been "reading" this book since he was 9 months old (to himself)! Both he and my husband are big Richard Scarry fans and have converted me. I am buying this book again to begin teaching my son to read.
I highly recommend this book for children from babies to early school age. I don't know a child in my family who doesn't love it!
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Altered Classic, May 14, 2002
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Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever was a favorite in our family when we were growing up in the 1970's. I bought a new book to share with my one-year-old daughter and it has become one of her favorites. She will page through the book on her own, pointing at different objects in the book and naming them.
My big complaint is that the editors have made extensive changes to the original book. Not only are many pages missing, but there has been a great effort to change artwork and characters in deference to political correctness. Where I thought many of the original characters could be thought to be either male or female, the editors have decided that there were not enough characters that were obviously female, so they have gone back and stuck bows on their heads. It seems they fear that kids will think that women can't work in construction unless they depict a bear with a bow stuck to her head driving a roller. While I believe that little girls can dream of doing any of these occupations, I don't think you need a bow in your hair to be female and I don't think you need to mess with the author's original classic illustrations.
Of course, my daughter is not comparing the book to a previous superior version; she just loves it as it is.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding for all ages!, November 11, 2002
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This review is from: Richard Scarry's Biggest Word Book Ever! (Board book)
This is the greatest book! I have taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade and have always had this book in my classroom. It is great for vocabulary building and just a fun way to get kids interested in books. My students of all ages gave it lots of wear, and it is still in good shape for my son to enjoy. He is now 18 months and ever since he was about 9 months has loved to sit on it and pat the pictures and now he is starting to name different things. It's really unique because of it's giant size (about 1.5'X2') and thick cardboard pages. I think it is well worth the price for the amout of enjoyment and wear you will get out of it! What a great gift too.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This edition vs. 1st edition, a comparison, FYI, June 26, 2009
I wrote this for the Unabridged edition, but I thought it would be useful to post it here as well:

A few notes on the differences between the unabridged "1400 Objects" edition of Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever, published 1963-1979 vs. the later 1980- "Revised" version. (Note not all post 1980 printings include the word revised on the cover, but they are all the revised edition.)

Golden books asked for a the late edit, which consists of three basic changes:
1. Political correctness, more animals are made "female" by attaching bows to their illustrations in the later edition.
2. 20 pages were removed, and lighter weight paper was used, to reduce printing costs.
3. Complexity of the vocabulary was reduced.

Someone noted the price difference, demand for the longer and more complex original exceeds supply, as it is out of print, and not likely to reappear.

While both versions are fine books, and an asset to any child's library, those seeking a cheaper book may seek the edited 70 page Abridged edition (anything 1980 or later,) but parents with the budget to cover it would probably want to consider the original, which goes more in depth.

A brief example to illustrate the point. Both editions have a section on art, describing colors and how they mix, paints, crayons, pencils and erasers. The later edition stops here. The earlier "Unabridged" goes on to introduce artists, sketches, canvas, murals, finger painting, still lifes, models, palletes, etc.

This wider reach of vocabulary and concepts is thematic of the 20 pages which were removed in the 1980 edit. The later edition still makes a fine starter and welcome edition to any child's library.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book for introducing everyday things to children, September 6, 1999
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The book lived up to my expectations in terms of content: lots of lovely illustrations and ideas. My two year old daughter adores the book. I have to agree with the review I read as regards binding. We have only had the book for about 4 weeks and the pages have come away from the spine - this is simply not good enough.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever, May 21, 2003
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Amy (Owensboro, KY United States) - See all my reviews
THIS IS THE BEST BOOK FOR KIDS! I had this book when I was a child so I was very excited when my sister gave it to my son for Christmas! He absolutely loves it and takes it to bed with him ever night in place of a stuffed animal! My son is 2 &1/2 and has learned to count to 15 because of this book! Every day he learns something new and is so excited to share it! I am now buying this book as a gift for my nephew and several other Richard Scarry books for my son! I would like to encourage you to but this book as it is one of the best purchases you can make for your child!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift!, November 26, 2000
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This review is from: Richard Scarry's Biggest Word Book Ever! (Board book)
My husband has 7 godchildren, and this book is one of the "standard" gifts that we send to them. They love the BIG size--the book is usually bigger than them, and the size makes it an extra-fun gift to receive. Naturally, the kids also love all of the Richard Scarry details on each page!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever., May 5, 2000
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As an adult I'm somewhat embarrassed to say that my favorite book ever, is this book. As a kid, my brother and I use to fight over who would get to view and use this book. I have both the recently published and my original one that my mom bought us back in the 60s. I've viewed the new edition, and even though I haven't compared "page to page" it still gives me a great laugh, humor that Scarry put in that only adults would see, like the Pigs that are cutting the roast beef for "Meal Time." Hey, where's the Ham! A definite must for every eclectic library.
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