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From Publishers Weekly

Pages crammed with colorful, comical characters presenting words, concepts and a myriad of objects to inquisitive youngsters-the jaunty style of the late Scarry needs no introduction to his millions of fans. Treated here to a tour of the bustling burg of Busytown, readers glimpse the inner workings of its post office, service station, school and medical center (when Lowly Worm stretches to his full height on the scale, Dr. Lion observes, "Your weight is just about right for such a skinny fellow"). As office workers ply their various trades and merchants open their shops, the activity in this instructive metropolis never ends. A fitting encomium on Scarry's own work can be found at the Busytown Library, where the author/artist wryly observes, "There are all kinds of writers. The best writers write children's books." Enough said. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Generations of children around the world have grown up spending hours poring over books by the late RICHARD SCARRY 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. He began his career at Golden Books in the 1940s, and he remains one of the world's best-loved children's authors EVER! He was posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators in 2012.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books; 7/16/00 edition (August 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307168034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307168030
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.3 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Richard Scarry's books are classics! They've gone through two generations in my family and `Busy, Busy Town' is a favorite. The delightfully drawn characters are a joy and the book shows the occupations of all kinds of people in this little busy town. I had to read them over and over again to my children and they delighted in searching and looking closely at the pictures to find their favorite animal characters.

The Scarry books are a delight and toddlers will learn a little bit about many things.
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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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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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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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My almost 3 year old daughter rarely has me read the same book two nights in a row. This book is an exception. I think she asked me to read this book to her every night for about 2 weeks. While it was starting to make me go a bit insane, she still loves it. She especially loves Lowly (the one footed worm character). To keep me sane, I purchased Busy, Busy World, as an alternative. That's a favorite of hers now as well. But I'm pretty sure she would still have me read Busy, Busy Town to her every night if I was willing.
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