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What Do People Do All Day? Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009


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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007310471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007310470
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 1.6 x 30.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Boston in 1919, Richard Scarry's drawing talent led him to study at the Boston Museum School. He began his career in New York City as an illustrator and freelance artist, and in 1963 he published his first book, The Best Word Book Ever, which became an international best-seller.

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The busiest books ever!

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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What do people do all day? This is the perfect book to introduce children to the world of work. From doctors to dressmakers, from mothers to sailors, we follow a colourful collection of busy people working through their busy days. Captain Sally and his crew are getting ready to go on a voyage, Seargeant Murhphy is working hard to keep things safe and peaceful, and engineers are building new roads. Another busy day in Busytown!


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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By M. Johnson on 16 Nov 2009
Format: Hardcover
Before I start, I want to make it clear that 'What do people do all day?" is one of my all time favourite books. As a child I adored it and my children now adore my very thumbed vintage (1975) edition so I was delighted to see it back in stock and ordered it as a christmas present for a friends wee girl. I am so disappointed. The pictures are thankfully the same, but the font is awful, the titles to the stories changed for the worst and worse even than that some of the original stories are GONE!!!! Where is building a house, Posting a letter, Bread and how it is made, Cotton and how we use it..... I know that times have changed but it has not stopped my children enjoying the original book. I have sourced a second hand copy and am seriously considering returning this book, only the fact that the illustrations that remain are still as good as ever is stopping me. Shame on you Harper Collins.
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Format: Paperback
I wasn't wild about these books when my little girl had this book for her 3rd birthday almost a year ago now. However they have grown on my and have definitely grown on my daughter - the Richard Scarry books she received are a hit! Until an hour ago, when Amazon parcel arrived, we had 2, 'Bedtime Stories' plus 'What do People Do all Day?' Though my daughter loves pink, baking and threading necklaces, I would not describe her as a 'girly' girl, preferring gymnastics, dens, trampolining and finding worms in the garden, she is going through a little phase right now at 3 and three quarters of wanting these books every night for her bedtime story. The books are good, with pages busy with quirky and detailed little spot colour illustrations which children like to scrutinse to see what comical mis-haps they can spot, though my husband gets a little irritated by the Americanisms like 'asphalt' for tar, 'faucet' for tap, and 'dumpcart' for refuse van, etc. I'm now in the habit of simply replacing the Americanism with the English term when I get to that word when reading aloud so that she understands.

'Bedtime Stories' in particular is a really handy book to take on a journey when you need to travel light, like on a Ryan Air trip, as it is so very small, thin and light (about 8"/20cm each way, and 15 pages long). It means that for the sake of carrying one book, you get 5 little stories to read:

~ Sergeant Murphy and the Banana Thief (you guessed it - that Gorilla Bananas)
~ Ma Pig's New Car (bit silly this one - Pa Pig is made out to be ridiculously absent minded accidentally repeatedly getting into the wrong vehicle on the way home until she ends up with a 'power shovel' - that's a digger to you and I)
~ Uncle Willy and the Pirates (thieving rats (pie-rats...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Another Christmas shopper on 8 July 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Having taken note of the previous warnings about missing stories, I orderd both this and and old second-hand copy.

The second hand copy is not as old as some referred to here (it is a 1977 UK edition - published by Collins), but here are the differences between the two:

1977 - Hard cover, approx 2 in taller and 1 in wider, serif font (like Times New Roman) for the 'story' text

2010 - Paperback, smaller - approx A4 size, sans serif font (a bit like Comic Sans, but with roman rather than script 'a') for the story text and also for the story titles.

There were no differences between the stories - both books had:

- (Untitled) Introduction to busytown
- Everyone is a worker
- Mothers's work is never done (I don't know if this is a UK-specific adaption, but throught the text of both 'Mummy' is used)
- A voyage on a ship
- Sergeant Murphy of the Busytown Police Department
- Firemen to the rescue
- A visit to the hospital
- The train trip
- Wood and how we use it
- Digging coal to make electricity work for us
- Building a new road
- Water

Overall, I still slightly prefer the old hard-copy style and its font. However, as I am hoping to give it as a gift and it is not missing any content I grew up with, I will be happy to give a fresh new paperback version.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 Mar 2002
Format: Hardcover
Like the other reviewers here I loved this book as a child and bought it again.
However, when I got the book I discovered that at least one third of the old stories are missing!
Caveat emptor!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "leighrobertskembery" on 7 Sep 2004
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed Richard Scarry books as a child and I am delighted that my two and a half year old son loves this book too. The pictures are colourful and eye-catching. Parents and children can enjoy it together, or there is enough going on so that a child can look at the pictures by himself. It is also very informative and I learnt new things about road-building too!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sid Morrison on 19 Sep 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book, but for years the publishers have been tinkering with it, and not for the better.

So when you see this line in the description: "this classic has been refreshed to bring the world of Richard Scarry to a new generation of readers. " be aware that you are getting the cheapened-up bowdlerized edition.

They've reduced the original stories by about 1/3 (considering the purged ones too outdated or irrelevant to today I guess). Equally bad is that with every subsequent edition, they fiddle with the artwork and change the text to make it try to conform to modern standards of political correctness. (Essentially too many traditional gender roles were specified in the jobs of varied animals).

Come on....It's a 40+ year old book and to have the modern publisher mess with it amounts to simple vandalism, really. Please let the publisher know you'd like to see a "Classic Edition" published that is unmolested. There's plenty of market for it.
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