The Best Word Book Ever, 1963 and 1991.

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-53-45-pmAs a child, I obsessed over many Richard Scarry books. I liked What Do People Do All Day best, but I also remember this one fondly — The Best Word Book Ever. As a parent, I don’t think I owned a copy of this one — we just checked it out of the library every so often. This Flickr set is a wonderful discovery, documenting changes — some subtle, others not-so-subtle.

For instance, a father is added to a kitchen scene that previously featured only a mother; a mother pushing a pram is changed into a father; bows and ribbons are added to the heads of a steamroller driver and a bass drum player, and “cowboy” is removed from the options on a “When you grow up… what would you like to be?” page, and replaced with “gardener” and “scientist.”