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 And where the book shows its age, whether with outdated occupations or stereotypes, parents can use that opportunity to talk about how things have changed.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.
Author: Richard Scarry
Number of Pages: 96
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Age Recommendation: 3-7 years
My kids love this book! They get so excited when it's time to read it. It really gives a good understanding of occupations and how they are related.
When we couldn't find goldbug anywhere, this book was in fact just too busy for our lives. It's chaos on the page for my little one and I. We will keep it for the collection.
We read a portion of this book every single day, often multiple times a day. My daughter loves examining all the illustrations and asking questions about all the jobs. She especially loves the chapter on building a house!
My 2 year old and I both enjoy this book. My 5 year old really enjoys it too.
Such a classic book and we'll use for years!