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Have an extra for back-up,
This review is from: Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go (Hardcover)
I grew up with this book as my favorite and it got a lot of use in my readings. After lots of scotch tape repairs, the books binding finally fell apart and my mom had to buy another one for me.
Now I have my own child and even though he is a 16 month old and doesn't fully appreciate everything it has to offer, he loves the variety of pictures and the large pages that he can turn. And as he learns the names of more things, he has more to point to in the book.
The main upside of the book is that there is a lot to look at on every page. Not just vehicles, but scenery and action make each turn of the page a new adventure. While there is a story that goes on through the entire book, you can get lots of enjoyment just by flipping through it and this makes it worthwhile for younger children who don't have the longest of attention spans. The pictures are clear and bright and help with building vocabulary and recognition.
Before "Where's Waldo," there was Goldbug. After a while, children will know exactly where he is on each page but having to hunt for him the first several times through adds something else to the charm of Richard Scarry.
The downsides are small and not worth worrying about. The pages are big but that means they are easily ripped. Just keep the tape handy. Also, pagewise, it is a long book for that age and parents can grow tired of reading it. But the actual amount of words is small. Most of the time is taken by looking at everything and searching for Goldbug. And most kids seem to enjoy looking through the book by themselves.
And I can't complain at all if a book keeps kids interested in reading. And I expect to buy another copy someday.
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Initial post: Nov 21, 2011 3:21:53 PM PST
D Lewis says:
Or two extra! LOL!
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2014 8:49:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 10, 2014 8:50:51 AM PST
I couldn't agree more ! I brought my 35 year old son's edition over to his 21 month old son and must have been asked to read it 30 times yesterday! I anticipate bringing tape back on another trip and I'm sure I'll be buying another couple of editons when my son's (Third) book needs a replacement! Finding Goldbug, Officer Flossie and Dingo Dog brought back memories of reading this years ago!
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