What Do People Do All Day?
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What Do People Do All Day?

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An illustrated panorama of the animals of Busytown at work, describing the occupations and activities of many of her citizens through detailed drawings with labels indicating processes and equipment used as they perform their jobs.
Hardcover, Abridged, 64 pages
Published March 12th 1968 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1968)
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Laura
This is the best book ever written. I mean it.
Ellinor
Aug 05, 2014 Ellinor rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone, people learning English
This books is really fantastic! There's so much going on you could spend days reading it. And it's brilliant when you're learning English. I speak English very well but I still learned new words from this book. I left it on my night table to read again and learn more words.
Shanna Gonzalez
Richard Scarry had a tremendous gift for telling stories that, while simple in plot, are rich in visual detail so that, having been read aloud once, they provide hours of entertainment for prereaders to enjoy at their leisure. His lively, fill-up-the-page artwork and classic sense of humor have endeared him to children for over fifty years.

In this book, Scarry introduces individual citizens of Busytown, then tells short stories about specific projects they are involved in: building a house, mail...more
Kate Merriman
I think I spent more hours in relationship with this book than maybe any other in my life, other than some spiritual texts.

I was fascinated by all the things people did for jobs, all the detail in the illustrations, the sense of humor inherent in all of it. I would gaze at just one page for something like a half-hour, like it was television, but the stories were ones I was telling myself about the characters.

Soon I began drawing the characters (pigs were my favorite), first copying exactly and t...more
Jessica
This book was a gateway drug to my son, who now spends half his time poring over (and creating) detailed cross-sections and schematics. And Lowly Worm, too!
Amar Pai
Enjoyably detailed guide to modern industrial life. You can spend a lot of time poring over the oversized pages. As usual Richard Scarry's illustrations are warm and humorous.. This is like the baby version of Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape, or Works: Anatomy of a City

See also: Everything great about Richard Scarry in one picture
Ann Moody
One of my absolute all time favorites as a child. My original copy was worn to shreds and eventually discarded. So as a young adult I special ordered a new copy, only to find it "abridged" and clearly missing some of my favorite sections. Abridged? Why? Apparently there may have been various stereotypes no longer deemed appropriate, but I can't recall anything offensive in the original.

Even so, it's still a winner. In my humble opinion, the original Richard Scarry stories are cuter, more clever,...more
Paigems
Fantastic book. If the '60s gender politics bother you, don't read it OR use it as a critical discussion point when you read it to your kids. Or, you know, realize that there's nothing inherently shameful about housewifery and just enjoy it.
Awesome for pre-readers.
D'Anne
Sadly the only version of this book available today is the abridged version which is a shame since it does not include some of my favorite sections (like what do writers do all day). The unabridged version gets 5 stars.
Jamie McLendon
The rare 1966 edition wherein Huckle Cat staples Bananas Gorilla to the classroom bulletin board.
Jenny
My youngest (5) was fascinated by the detailed pictures. I felt the book did a good job of showing the value of all the jobs in a community and how they all work together in the economy. It really is able to simplify this complex concept to an accessible level for kids.
Pretend City Children's Museum
This is such a fun book! In honor of Labor Day we explored all the different jobs that people do to help make our community a happy and successful place! This book really shows the interconnectivity of the world like farm to market. I really liked how to book asked questions to the reader... "what does your mom do? Are you a helper?" The book did a great job showing that everything we do is connected to another person or project, that with out the help of each other and hard work, we wouldn't be...more
Evam
Alles van Richard Scarry is top!

Superleuke boeken om kinderen situaties te laten ontdekken, om hen kleine woordjes te leren lezen, om verhaaltjes bij te verzinnen, om samen te zoeken naar die ene auto of dat ene diertje. Zoek samen naar de geschoende worm Rinus die op elke bladzijde verstopt zit!

Het boek zet op tamelijk realistische wijze de deur open voor de wijde wereld, maar bevat ook zoveel fantastische elementen die ontsproten zijn aan Richard Scarry's brein.

Je ontdekt ook altijd iets ni...more
Rob
A timeless children's classic. I learned to read at a very early age largely on account of this book. Not only that, I still own the very copy of What Do People Do All Day I cut my literary teeth on. It's been loved to near death: the binding, long since disintegrated, now consists of three loops of candy-striped yarn, and the outside edges of most of the pages are in tatters. Yet Huckle and his companions live on, as industrious and helpful as they were forty years past.

Richard Scarry's works n...more
Lisa
I LOVED Richard Scarry books growing up...they are super busy, and filled with eye candy! Everywhere you look there is something going on :) I have the entire collection to share with my daughter now, and they are really fun to look back on. Some of the images are really dated, ex: record players and tv's with rabbit ears, etc... (which makes it fun for me), but doesnt hurt the story at all! My daughter is 2 1/2 and sometimes i see her just sitting in a corner looking thru all the pages on her o...more
Charlotte
I thought I vividly remembered this book from my childhood, but on an adult second reading I only vividly remember through about page 9. My mom would always choose this book as the last bedtime book on those holdout nights when I resisted sleep. Its long and kindof dry, but it has its good points too.

This book is full of vocabulary that kids are sure to hear everyday and simple explinations for what the things are. The illustrations are funny and detailed. Once you learn all the characters, its...more
Kevinmays
I grew up this book. Now my boys are doing the same.
This is a timeless classic full of adventures, science, and learning fun. I've read it a thousand times.
Gina
One of my very favorite childhood books! I love this one and Richard Scary's Big Schoolhouse! These books helped me teach myself to read at the age of 3!
Niki
This childhood favourite has an artistry and content structure that can be appreciated by adults almost 40 years on. It is lively and informative - throughout the book cutaway illustrations of Busytown reveal Richard Scarry's cute animal characters hard at work in different jobs. Some spreads even explore the invisible processes that make our world work - like pumping water or wiring a house for electricity. This book is a thoroughly entertaining and engrossing way for children to explore the wo...more
Muffet Frische
This is my all-time favorite children's book! Some of my earliest memories are of this fun book that started teaching me about the world around me!
Brianna
One of my all time favorite picture books as a child, I remember loving the hotdog car the most. I'd highly recommend for children of all ages!
R. C.
Dec 08, 2009 R. C. added it
We checked this one out after my four-year-old actually asked me, "What do people do all day?" It does not just explain what people in one's neighborhood do all day (or what is done by the workers that used to be found in a neighborhood -- butcher, baker, etc.) It's really a very simple introduction to economics. We're only a little way in, but so far Scarry has managed to illustrate for my little guy how trade, barter and currency work, and that it takes cooperation amongst the trades to get la...more
Stephanie
Aug 09, 2011 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stephanie by: Sonlight
This is a favorite in the house. Our youngest sits and pours over the pages and memorizes the little details. He is constantly referring to it and wants to read it over and over again. He now knows the origin of many things - and loves to tell us what he has learned. Although he can't read by himself yet, having read it to him, he can remember what we read because the pictures are so detailed.
Richard Scarry is a wonderful author of some great children's books. I remember his distinct feel from m...more
Jill
Richard Scarry books were my favorite as a child
Linda
Richard Scarry adds marvellous detail to his pictures, showing: water pipes under the road connected to fire hydrants, cooks in the galley on a cruise ship, how roads are made and other fascinating details that little people will just love. The somewhat dated pages of what mum does all day (strictly around the house) isn't particularly inspiring but there are a few ladies scattered through the other pages to redeem his 50's viewpoint. 3 and 4 year olds will have great fun going through this book...more
Keri
Such a fun book! I love the illustrations where you can see the inner workings of things, and all the little mis-haps that go on. Really kept my boys' interest too. Love it.
Abbey Wilkins
Fabulous!
Dianna
I'm thinking this book would give a kid more occupation for his money than most other books. It's composed of several different topics, such as how bread is made (starting at the wheatfield), how houses are built, and how money changes hands within a community. My three-year-old son was completely fascinated by most of the sections in the book, and it took us a couple of sittings to get through. This book has enough detail to remain interesting for quite some time. No wonder it's never in at the...more
Nichole
This has been one of our favorite books in Sonlight's P3/4 core. My son and I both loved looking over all the detailed illustrations and giggling over all the little jokes. I love how simply and concisely basic economics and different parts of community are explained. The simple vocabulary really helped my 3 year old understand and retain a lot of the information. Sonlight suggests reading once "section" at a time, which was perfect for us. There is so much information packed in this book!
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