Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Town
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150 of 153 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2004
The person who ranted about the anti-feminist leaning of the book must never have opened it! I've got it right here. On the hospital page, there are two doctors-- Dr. Lion is male and Dr. Rabbit is female. The only dentist (looking in Lowly Worm's mouth) is female. In the offices, there is a female writer, and a female banker. There is a female running the book store and another running the candy shop. The postal workers are equally male and female. On the "busy housekeepers" page, the page says that "everyone helps around the house" and shows men and women, boys and girls, cleaning the house. The woodworkers page shows men and women equally, as does the farmer page, the railroad workers page, the supermarket, the airport, and so on. The only pages that lean toward one sex are: the repairmen page (all male), the trucker page (all male) the firefighters page (all male, but come on... it shows them getting out of bed!), the school page (all female teachers).

This is such a great book, perfect for helping children learn words and about all the things around them in their town... it is a classic, and deserves to be. I hate to see its reputation spoiled by one reviewer, who posted twice, and clearly hasn't even looked at the book!!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2014
Disclaimer: my son adores Richard Scarry books for the detailed illustrations and interesting story lines.

Simply put, this is not Richard Scarry---it's Goldenbooks publishing under the estate of Richard Scarry. It's sneakily done, but check the inside jacket Library of Congress entry--no actual author listed.

What does this mean for the text? Lack of character names (Scarry ALWAYS named his characters!), simplified drawings, lack of narrative continuity and yes, as another reviewer mentioned, occasional mix ups of character animals AND names. I'm a bit peeved that Goldenbooks would sell this quality of book to kids who expect more stories like What People Do All Day or Huckle's Busiest Day Ever. It's like that scene in Elf, when the puppy is missing from the pages...

Stick to other editions of Richard Scarry, and double check the LOC author!
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87 of 108 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2000
When I was a little girl in the 1980's this was my most favorite book. Today I have a B.S. in Physics with a math minor and a Masters in Physics. Guess all that gender sterotyping didn't work!
This is a wonderful book. I would always look for lowly worm, he's so much better than where's waldo.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2012
We got this book for my daughter because she loves "what do people do all day". Unfortunately, this is basically the same book but without the great complexity of the drawings and all the details. And Able Baker Charlie was a different species!

This may be good for a younger child, but my daughter had no problem with the original at 2 1/2. My advice is go get @What Do Oeople Do All Day" and skip this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I didn't realize from the description that this was the abbridged version, so I was disappointed when it arrived. The content of the book is great...it's just not all there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2007
I had this book for my children when they were young and now have given several as gifts to friend's children. Great book to teach words to children. Can point and they can say word. The last two books were given to children learning English.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 1998
This was a cherished book of my childhood. A few years ago I was out looking for this book for myself. I discovered that the newer versions didn't have the story about a day in the life of Mr. Frumble. This was the highlight of the whole book for me. The one I had as a child has been lost. I figure the original had to be published somewhere between 1970 and 1985. If anyone has a way of getting a hold of this version I would be so thankful. My e-mail address is wjengr@flash.net.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Busy, Busy Town", "What Do People Do All Day", and "Cars and Trucks and Things That Go" are pretty much a complete pre-K Library all by themselves.

They are calm and gentle books. The characters are bright, energetic and cheerful. The stories are about activity, sharing, doing things, working and playing. The jokes are just right for little ones. There is no irony or condescension in the art or in the writing. And "Busy Town" is a great way for kids to be introduced to the world around them.

You know how people would make fun of Mr. Rogers, but moms and dads came to appreciate his calm, gentle and supportive influence. Well, that's sort of the feeling you get from Scarry's work. No showboating; no post-modern take; no grim in-your-face shots. Just energy and gracefulness. Lowly Worm is a fun little guy. Huckle is a solid kid. Adults are responsible and trustworthy. Things are neat and cool and exciting and fun, and sometimes a little silly.

Now, you probably don't really want a full time diet of Scarry, and edgy or zany or frantic can be fun in the mix too, but day in and day out and generation after generation, these books are solid. (And you know what? The Scarry VHS tapes and DVD's are as mellow as the books, and just seem to fascinate the kids.)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2006
a great children's book that my children loved and now my grandchildren love it. Richard Scarry knows how to teach children about their world with a combination of words and illustrations.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2007
Ever since I was little I have been so unbelievably inspired by Richard Scarry's Busy Town books. I can remember trying to draw pictures in the same style as his, and now that I am older, I find the Busy Town books are still at the top of my inspiration list. Not only do his books contain cute little animals wearing clothing and going about their lives as humans do, it teaches children words, jobs, food, cars, right vs wrong, etc. I recently purchased this book to inspire the art that I do now. After all these years, I STILL credit Richard Scarry books as the number one thing that lets my imagination soar!
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