Monday, June 6, 2011


Did you see it?  I hope you didn't miss it! Yesterday I pulled up Google on my browser and was surprised to see the beloved icons of Richard Scarry's world forming Googlized letter shapes.  Lowly Worm, Huckle Cat and Officer Murphy were all there on display.
A childhood favorite.

Richard Scarry's amazing stories were as much a part of my childhood as they have been of my children's.  When I was a little girl I had several Richard Scarry books including What Do People Do All Day, Biggest Word Book Ever and Busy, Busy World.  Busy, Busy World still sits on the bookshelf in my childhood bedroom. 

Whenever we visit my parents Busy, Busy World is the favorite choice of Child #1 and 2.  If you're not familiar with the book, it tells stories, each about two pages long, from all over the world.  There's Patrick the Pig from Ireland, Professor Dig, a canine archeologist and Mario, a kitty gondolier from Venice, to name a few.  My kid's delight in these stories, in part because they are delightful, and in part because my husband reads them with the accent of whichever country is highlighted. 

Of course, my kids are not without their own miniature Richard Scarry library.  We have all the Busy Day books.  The Firefighters' Busy Day was directly responsible for Child #1 learning to say uh-oh when she was a baby-read it and you'll understand.

If Richard Scarry was still alive he would have celebrated his 92nd birthday yesterday.  Even though this homage comes a day late I don't think he would have minded.  In fact, I think he would be happy to know children are still learning their first words as they thumb through oversized volumes of his Best Word Book Ever and learn about the multitude of breakfast options that await Kenny Bear.


Unknown said...

Richard Scarry has always been one of our family favorites! There's just something irresistible about a worm in a bow tie and one shoe!

Unknown said...

I missed it! Man Google let me down! I love checking out Google and seeing the things they switch around so imagine my disappointment that not one time did I do a Google search... Boo.

Johanna said...

Lizy, I have a longstanding crush on Lowly Worm!

Jen, bummer. I wish I'd been able to organize myself to post sooner so you would have seen it.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I love picture books. Sorry I missed this.