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Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day Hardcover – Abridged, Mar 12 1968


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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Abridged edition (March 12 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394818237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394818238
  • Product Dimensions: 32.4 x 24 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By j-beda on April 11 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 By audrey on July 2 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 1 1997
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W Burroughs on July 14 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grommit on May 28 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 By A Customer on Jan. 21 1999
Format: Hardcover
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 By Brendan on Jan. 9 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
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