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Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go Hardcover – June 1, 1998
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Although this book was around when many of today's parents were youngsters, it has remained a steadfast must-have in every toddler's library. For starters, it's a great vocabulary guide that names the many things that go (and some that haven't a prayer of going, but are great fun to imagine anyway). It's also teeming with detail-rich scenes and characters on every page, teaching children the rewards of looking long and closely (such as finding the hidden "Goldbug" in each spread). Along the way it entertains with the silly and slapstick--everything from toothpaste and toothbrush cars to six fire department vehicles that show up to extinguish a ladybug-size fire in a miniature pink convertible. What's most amazing about this book, however, is its longevity. When you purchase it for your fledgling talker, you should consider it an investment. Even 11-, 12-, and 13-year-olds are known to pore over the book nostalgically, cooing at Lowly Worm and eagerly tracking Officer Flossie's book-long chase after that irresponsible, speedster driver in a cowboy hat. (Ages 2 and older) --Gail Hudson
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This book is about objects with wheels that can roll.
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The color and the cars and machines are very entertaining and funny so look! There's so much happening and so many details each time you read you notice something new!
I remember this book from when I was a kid, I even remember drawing my own wacky cars.
It's been a big hit with our twin girls (age 3) and should have a place on any toddler's book shelf.
But seriously, kids love this book. There is lots to see and talk about. And it is fun to hunt for gold bug.
This one is pretty much a classic.
Some children's books defy review. They've entered a sort of Book Valhalla off limits to mere mortals.
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go is part of that pantheon. Engrossing, enchanting, and energetic, it captures a vibrant world of moving machines and the people who love/operate them. Scarry fills every nook and cranny with action and life; his works certainly served as template for Waldo long before anyone wondered where he was. Words put meaning to pictures and vice versa. Children will get lost in these pages. And so will their parents.
How much more classic can a book be? None. None more classic.
Get it for your burgeoning reader. For your hyperactive intellectual. For your munchkin mechanic. For any little one you love.
We've been reading these delightful educational books to our grandchildren for 37 years, and now are buying them for our great grandchildren. They are so well done that adults get pleasure from them as well.
Thanks, Mary Abell
P.S. The following does not need to be in the initial review, but you
may find it interesting. The first one that we bought, back in 1977, Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever, had captions in English, French and
German. Since little Erik lived with his parents in Germany and his
parents spoke that language fluently, they taught him all the vocabulary in German after he was familiar with it in English.
He is now an executive in B/E Aerospace and speaks German every day as part of his job, as does his younger brother, Bjorn, who is Purchasing Director for the Americas. We hail this book as the impetus for their learning to read before they started school, as well as lifelong success.
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