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Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever (Golden Bestsellers Series) Hardcover – September 1, 1980


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Product Details

  • Series: Golden Bestsellers Series
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Goldencraft (September 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307655105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307655103
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The latest by the author-illustrator of consistent bestsellers is as tall as a toddler, the only two-foot book ever published in this country for children. Scarry packs countless, full-color pictures of his familiar characters on the wide pages, each perky creature identified by a short word or phrase. As a giant dictionary and amusement, the book is a can't-fail item for small boys and girls. It is strongly constructed and can stand up to years of use.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Board book edition.

Review

PRAISE FOR RICHARD SCARRY: 'A favourite of children for generations' Junior magazine 'Enchanting and inspiring' TES --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Richard Scarry is one of the world's best-loved children's authors EVER!
His books are always filled with fun, and always filled with fun pictures
which children can pour over again and again and again.
His books have sold many millions of copies around the world, and are
currently published in over twenty languages.
Richard Scarry was born in Boston, Massachussetts in 1919. He was
married to Patricia Scarry, also a children's writer. Their son Huck
carries-on Richard Scarry's work today.
Richard Scarry passed away at his home of Gstaad, Switzerland in 1994.
Whenever asked how old he was, he would always put up one hand and
laugh: " Five!" . And he was always right !

Customer Reviews

This is a great word learning book.
Brian D. Gwinn
This book was a gift for my daughter's baby shower.
Carol Ranks
Now he is 3 years old and loves this book.
A. Lew

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

130 of 138 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
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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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By B Mistele on May 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Galligar Chance on April 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
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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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Caitlyn Hemman on November 11, 2002
Format: 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Anderson on August 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book for pre-readers. Great drawings and characters that little ones love, such as Lowly Worm and Kenny and Kathy Bear. Between my two daughters (now 13 and 8), we have read this book so many times when they were little,that we have worn out three copies. I have bought two other copies to put away for when they have their own little ones. I only wish I would have written Richard Scarry a thanks before he passed away.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2000
Format: 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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