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Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day [Abridged] [Hardcover]

Richard Scarry
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March 12 1968
Illus. in full color. Shows and tells what busy people do every day to build houses, sail ships, fly planes, keep house, and grow food.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately it is abridged April 11 2004
By j-beda
This really is an excellent book, but if your memories are of the complete 96 page edition, you may be dissapointed in this 64 page abridged version. Losing about 1/3 of the excellent stories is a bit sad. Huckle's plane trip for example is not present.
What is left is really excellent, but what was cut was great too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars careers in Busytown examined July 2 2004
By audrey
Set in Scarry's Busytown, this busy, colorful book is organized into eleven chapters that examine its citizens' jobs: Everyone is a worker; Building a new house; Mailing a letter; Firemen to the rescue; A visit to the hospital; The train trip; The story of seeds and how they grow; Wood and how we use it; Building a new road; A voyage on a ship; and, Where bread comes from.
Effective use of color and cross-sections can be confusing for very young kids, but is informative and enjoyable for the curious, and the funny pictures appeal to all. Also, everything is labelled, which is very nice for beginning readers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Children's Book Ever July 14 2004
Wish I could give this 10 stars. I discovered this book as a preschooler in 1968. My mom would take me to the local library every week. I checked it out from the library and I was hooked. I wanted to check it out at every visit, so my mom had the library order a copy for me. I remember even before I could read the words, I completely understood the story from the illustrations. I still have that original edition. It is tatered but still intact. I bought another copy this year for my preschool sons. They absolutely love it as well as the other Scarry book I had as a child, Busy Busy World. The newer book is the abridged edition. The abridged edition has 63 pages as compared to the ~95 pages in the original. They removed 4 stories from the original: busy (stay at home) mom, water treatment plants, electricity and how we get it, and Sgt. Murphy the Busytown policman. Why? Somebody at the publisher must have had a lobotomy. Anyway, we keep the original up in a closet to read only with adult supervision. The new one is on the shelf, readily accesible to the kids.
This book (even the abridged edition) is an absolute classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abridged Edition is missing a third of the book Nov. 1 1997
By A Customer
I bought my childhood favorite for my son. Unfortunately, only the abridged edition is now available, which is missing a third from the original book. I wish Random House will bring back the book that taught me so much as a child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books of any kind May 28 2004
By Grommit
Like some other reviewers, I am disapointed the unabridged version is not available.
But, even abridged, this is one of the funniest and most absorbing books in print. This book is full of delightful cutaways showing the internals of houses, streets, and factories. Like most Richard Scarry books, this one explores and explains a world which is fun, colorful, comprehensible, and full of well meaning people.
Five stars is not enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way cool book - shame it's abridged... Jan. 21 1999
By A Customer
This book was *so* cool when I was a kid - I spent hours reading and re-reading it, immersing myself in the pictures and enjoying the characters. Still cool today, but *abridged*? What were the publishers *thinking*? There wasn't much to it to begin with; abridging it is truly robbing those who'd really benefit from this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that endures lifetimes! Aug. 30 1998
By A Customer
My 3-year-old son and 40-something husband both adore this book! They spend hours and hours together reading and interacting with "What Do People Do All Day?" The amount of detail and creativity in this book is soaked up by my son -- I can almost see the cogs churning in his brain! This book will grow with him, too. He's so fascinated with the "how" and the "why" of the world, and this book answers his questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
It contains lots of details and funny pics.Good quality of paper and hard cover. I would recommend it for kids up to 7-8 years old.
Published 3 months ago by Nina
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Scarry is the best
Richard Scarry's books are all beautifully illustrated and really captivate kids' imagination. The characters in the stories, Lowly the worm, Huckle the cat are adorable.
Published 19 months ago by Brendan
4.0 out of 5 stars What Do People Do All Day?
This is exactly the book I wanted and the child who received it loved it. It was delivered prompty and in good condition
Published on Jan. 1 2012 by Jean Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures needs a bit of updating
I, like many other readers, remember and enjoyed this book as a child.
Now- with my own 3 year we are rediscovering the great pictures; the mechanics
of how things work... Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by Thomas Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Relive childhood early reading memories!
As ever Scarry delivers a fine story book based on the growing child's everyday world brought the more to life by his inimical illustrations. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't recommend it highly enough!
I remember this wonderful book well from the last time I read it - in 3rd grade and that was 16 years ago. For the inquisitive child, this book will open their eyes. Read more
Published on June 30 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Lowly Worm is God!
I adored all of Richard Scarry's wonderful and informative books as a child, and this one is the best. Read more
Published on April 20 1998 by bopcomic@hotmail.com
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