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Give us the original
on 11 September 2012
Just to echo the other reviews about the missing stories. Firstly I think the best thing to do is just publish the entire book, unabridged, in its original form. Yes it is "out of date", yes it reflects the attitudes of the time it was written, of course it does! Buy a book written in the last 10 years if that's what you want. My kids love Richard Scarry for the same reasons I did 40+ years ago.
So the problem with this edition is the choice of stories that have been dropped, versus those that have made it. Luckily I still have my early 70s copy to compare to, held together with ageing cellotape. One has to wonder why these choices were made... to save money? To drop the "out of date" stuff?
So we lose: Building a House, the kids love the pics of the house as its built; Mailing a Letter holds their interest; The story of seeds and how they Grow- interesting again and not something that will go out of date! The Airplane Ride - the kids love this one; Cotton And How We Use It.. well- 1960s agriculture and technology but again great illustrations so does it matter? The kids love it! Finally Where bread comes From, once again great pictures, the exploded flour mill, the huge loaves of bread, just great.
But the following stay in.....
Everyone is a Worker - a worthy but dull moral about how we must all earn money to pay for stuff; Mother's work is never Done - 60s attitudes, and a brush salesman at the door? A visit to the Hospital - again dull, and with a tonsilectomy as the main plot!
Fortunately the rest of the book justifies the purchase, so ignore the comments and buy... unless you can find a proper version that contains ALL the stories! My original is 95 pages long and published by Collins....