Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever! Hardcover – Jun 8 2000
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Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever is designed for a child to work through on his/her own. My son "reads" to himself for about an hour each day (self-inflicted!) and he already matches letter sounds to words. I'm not a believer in the genetics argument for most children; I believe that children learn to read early, and learn to have a love for books based on the environment provided for them. This book is a fantastic way to begin to set that environment for your child.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. Richard Scarry's Best Story Book Ever was one of her picks.
This book was my daughter's choice night after night during the years from ages 3-6. The stories are all vividly colored, humorous, and reasonably short. They just suited her perfectly.
She would plead after each one, "Just one more story, Dad." (This was after her mother had read to her, as well.) I would read until I had almost no voice left. Eventually, we negotiated that she could pick two stories from this book, and if I was in the mood (and in good voice) we could go up from there. Otherwise, bedtime would have been delayed for hours!
If you don't know Richard Scarry, he has a wonderful, light sense of humor. He usually features intelligent animals, but in human-like contexts. This makes the moral of the story easier for the youngster to swallow, while making the story more interesting. For example, A Castle in Denmark is about the rules that you should follow in a castle (or a house) such as not leaving things on the floor where people can trip on them. Who else would have come up with such a wonderful way to help establish household rules?Read more ›
I figured this book was loooonnnnnggggg out of print, so imagine my surprise (not to mention my delight!) when I saw it was available! I quickly ordered it so now I can share it with my son, and hope this becomes one of his favorite books as he grows up!
Reviewing the book, I see that I love this book for its innocence and simplicity ... no questionable messages, no characters that have all sorts of product tie-ins, like is so common today. This is something every child (and parent!) needs.
By the way, this book is on William J. Bennett's list of books every child should read, which appears in his book The Educated Child.
Give you child a wonderful gift ... it is money well-spent, and this will be a gift that will be used for years.
I am now 7 months pregnant with my first child and wondered how my tattered (read that as well loved) copy would hold up for my little boy. Imagine my delight when I found that it is still in print! I can't wait to get a copy for the library we are working on for him! Even though my little one is still in utero, my husband and I read to him every night, and will continue to do so after he's born. I can't imagine a better book to read from than Richard Scarry!
This book has delightful tales and rhymes that all children will love. My favorite part about the book though is that so many of the stories are set in different parts of the world and illustrated in a child friendly manner that will make them want to learn more about the world around them (in my opinion anyway, as it certainly did for me). As we now live in Europe, I've visited many places I was first introduced to, and intrigued by, in Richard Scarry's world. This book is an absolute must for all children's libraries.
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The whole book has many different types of education stories. it is helpful for my kids can learn lot of knowledge. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jianwei Yang
This is a great book to bring on a trip, it's compact for a children's book, but has lots of stories and has entertained my 3-year old for hours.Published 21 months ago by mm_pg
Great book. My son loves Richard Scary and this one is huge. I find the Scary books are great for building my son's vocabulary. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Matt Devine
Bought this book to go with the little toy vehicles. Such a cute gift for little kids. The stories are classic and filled with lots of lessons.Published on Nov. 3 2013 by Courtenay Crosby
My mother bought this book for my two boys when they were babies, and it quickly became the most beloved children's book they had. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2013 by bplea
And I'm glad I do. Although much of the content is from previous Richard Scarry books -- it provides an excellent way to remember the funniest bits of those other books and has... Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by Sarah Sammis