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The Best First Book Ever: 07/06/07

The Best First Book Ever!

Ian and I grew up on books by Richard Scarry and Doctor Seuss. While I remember reading The Best First Book Ever! I don't know if it was a library book or perhaps my brother's book. Since neither of us had a copy, we recently got a copy for Harriet and Sean to share.

While there are some oddities in the book (like the parents sleeping in separate beds and Mommy Cat always wearing a dress), it's still a good and solid introduction for vocabulary building. Every page has every item labeled in a variety of situations and places: home, the kitchen, the living room, the laundry room, school, the grocery store, an ice cream parlor, and so forth. It also introduces the basic parts of the body, color theory and counting.

Richard Scarry's books often times contain a running gag of some sort. In Cars and Trucks and Things That Go, readers are asked to find Gold Bug on every page. In this book, readers can follow Mr. Fumble as he tries to catch his windblown hat.The question of where's Mr. Fumble's hat and the often times surreal things depicted and labeled are what make these books so much fun to read.

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Comment #1: Friday, July, 6, 2007 at 19:19:23


I loved my RS books.
What a pleasant blast from the past.
Thanks for sharing.

Comment #2: Friday, July, 6, 2007 at 20:27:15


Richard Scary was a book I stole from my mother-in-law. Apparently, "The Hubby" started reading by himself at age 2 1/2 or 3.

He's always been so smart. "

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