Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?
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Mostly Social Studies with a pinch of history, Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day? is a slice of what idyllic small-town life was like almost half a century ago. With nearly every window open and every wall or outside surface potentially see-through, the structures in Busytown are exposed to your child’s meticulous scrutiny, as are the invisible processes that make our world work — like pumping water or wiring a house for electricity. The labeled drawings are delightfully detailed, the short stories amusing, and the span of the work is truly impressive.
What Do People Do All Day? covers farming, road building, healthcare, sea travel, railroad travel, policing, fire-fighting, and so much more. And though this classic children’s book was first published when your parents were children, not a whole lot has changed. Yes, few of us use landlines, and airlines are no longer known for their meals, but by and large, moms still work hard and the police still act quickly to keep things “safe and peaceful.” And where the book shows its age, whether with outdated occupations or stereotypes, parents can use that opportunity to talk about how things have changed. Overall What Do People Do All Day? is a gentle introduction to the value of work, both for the individuals who perform it and those who enjoy its effects.
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Author: Richard Scarry
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Age Recommendation: 3-7 Years
This book, like most of Richard Scarry books seems dated to me - I had them as a kid myself, so that makes sense..... Still overall good information and my kids seem entertained by the book.
Not our favorite book. It just doesn’t keep his attention for long and isn’t my favorite either.
I don't know what it is about Richard Scarry books, but they are magical for children and continue to be magical and funny to me even now. This one is one of the best. It's equal parts informative, immersive, and just plain silly.
After going through the book for the first time with my daughter it was easy to see why it has been around for so long! It really got he thinking about the world we live in and how much work goes into everything that is done. Plus, she has been more understanding about her dad going off to work. This is a very easy way to introduce your kids to the working world and even learn a little history while they are at it.
I enjoyed flipping through this with my children and found the stories and details amusing. My 3 year old wasn't that interested as many of the concepts were beyond what he was interested in. Most times when I attempted this with a preschooler they would insist on flipping to the pictures with vehicles (there are some cool action shots of motorcycles and trains). Because my preschooler had only a few favorite pages to look at we didn't make much progress. I think because everything looks so different in the book than they do today it was hard for my young children to relate and I think would have been better received at more of a kindergarten age than preschool. However, I can see a very visual youngster that likes detailed books loving this. My boys are just not that way so it didn't work well at this age for them. - Mom of 3 young boys.