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Richard Scarry's Favorite Storybook Ever (Picture Book) Hardcover – October 14, 2003

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Sergeant Murphy, Huckle, Lowly, Mr. Fixit, and the rest of the Busytown citizens are busy indeed in this big treasury from beloved storyteller, Richard Scarry . Sixteen stories are collected from the classic Richard Scarry's Funniest Storybook Ever and Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?, including "The Talking Bread," "Building a New Road," "The Unlucky Day," "A Visit to the Hospital," and "Sergeant Murphy and the Banana Thief." A whole new generation will giggle at the slapstick antics and gentle misfortunes of Scarry's colorfully drawn animal characters as they go about their everyday lives building houses, mailing birthday letters, and going fishing. In addition to the warm, funny stories, Richard Scarry's books are terrific language builders. Children pore over every page, lingering to find the droll little details they may not have caught their first--or fifty-first--time around. (Ages 2 to 6) --Emilie Coulter

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Step into Richard Scarry?s Busytown, where pigs drive speedboats, a raccoon delivers the mail, and an absent-minded rabbit gets stuck in wet cement. Sixteen favorite stories are featured in this full-color, hardcover storybook collection.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Picture Book
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books (October 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375825495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375825491
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
My two young sons LOVE this book (4 and 2 yrs old). It is a perfect sampling of Richard Scarrry's stories and pictures. My 4 year old picks it out everyday to read during his quiet time. Non readers can enjoy the pictures so much that they can be captivated by it for most of an hour. It has some of his Mother Goose rhymes, some Aesope's fables, plenty of pictures out of his "Word Book" with everyday pictures (ie: "The Kitchen", or "Clothing") labeled with their words, and some very classic and silly Richard Scarry stories. Some pages teach colors, ABC's, shapes, counting, seasons, manners, all about trees, flowers, trains, boats, cars and trucks, and much more! Our family loves the way Richard Scarry (and Patricia Scarry) write stories that look at the world through the eyes of a child - simple, silly, and full of everyday wonder. This book could be a text book of childhood!
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Richard Scarry's work was very new to me since I did not grow up in the US. Someone gave my 1-year old his "A Day at the Airport" and I thought it cluttered with its fine type and detailed sketches. "A baby can't focus on those details," I thought. Well, a baby can't, but that baby is now 2-years old, and he can. He absolutely loves the books. This particular volume collects 16 of Scarry's best known stories in a lovely hardback format (makes it easier to handle when in bed). My son adores the playful sketches and we make up stories as we go along since Scarry's gift is his drawing, not his prose or his narratives. The pictures combine "real" things (of steamrollers and back hoe loaders) with childlike characters (Lowly the worm is a current favorite)doing things that our urban son frequently wishes he could. He has learned how a letter gets sorted to get to its recipient, how bread is baked, how roads are made, all through Scarry's playful combination of image and character. As our son grows older, he is seeing more in each image and story and that's fantastic. I'd recommend this warmly for a 2+ year old.
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When shopping for books for my 3 year old grandson's visit, I remembered my son's love of Richard Scarry's books. "Favorite Storybook Ever" is one of the two I purchased. Myles must have requested that book be read to him five times a day!! We poured over the pictures and talked about the funny vehicles like the pickle truck and always had to hunt for Goldbug!
Richard Scarry is a must for any young library.
Granny Texas
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I bought this book along with "What Do People Do All Day?" for my son, and I found that about half of the pages are repetitive. I was not expecting that duplication, so I am only giving the book three stars, even though it is a great Richard Scarry compilation for someone who does not have many other Richard Scarry books.
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Not "Funniest Storybook Ever" which was my children's favorite but is no longer in print. It pulls much material from that book along with another classic, "What Do People Do All Day". That combination justifies the new title. Some stories have unfortunately been lost, but at least what is left is pretty much in the original form. My grandson (who is already a fan) will probably read it till it falls apart (which is why his parent's copies are no longer around). For the pre-schooler, Richard Scarry is still hard to top.
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My toddler loves this book. I ordered more than 10 books by Richard Scarry and this is one of my son's all-time favorites. He's too young to read the sentences and words yet but he loves the pictures and learns a lot from it.
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My children are now adults but this remains the favorite childhood book of each one. So many pictures and activities depicted...actually they were learning without even knowing it. I give this book at baby showers and to friends of mine as they become Grandparents....a wonderful book to have at Grammie's house!
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All of Richard Scarry's books are geared towards teaching children language in a fun and interesting way. My 10 month old twins are already enjoying looking at the pictures and hearing me read to them. I recommend all his books!
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