Richard Scarry 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 And where the book shows its age with outdated occupations, parents can use that opportunity to talk about how things have changed.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
We found that there's a lot of information on each spread. I don't feel like it's especially enriching or even up to current times or ideas. We have omitted it from our curriculum.
I really don't get the hype about Richard Scarry books. This book was ok. The information is a little outdated for today's world and my daughter didn't love it. It was just ok.
I absolutely love this book, but it does not always keep my 2 year old's attention. I think it will as she gets older. I still read a chapter to her once every other week, which is a struggle because she just wants to flip through all the pages! I have figured out it is best to let her flip through the pages (gives us time to review a little of what we already read too!) until we get to the current chapter we are on, then read that chapter, then continue on letting her flip through pages until she no longer wants to.
We love Richard Scarry and Busytown. It is considered more of free time by my children when we read this. Both my kindergartener and my preschooler love to sit and look at the fun illustrations and they learn about people jobs. It does not bother me that some of the jobs are a bit outdated, we talk about history and how like was and still is in some small towns.
Really love the illustrations in this book, but many of the processes that are explained are antiquated.