Amazon says the intended age is 3 – 7. But my 2 year old thinks it is awesome. And I remember looking through this book long after I had moved on to reading my own chapter books.
Theme: Occupations (also: trains!)
“Some workers work indoors and some work outdoors. Some work up in the sky and some work underground.”
There is something so intriguing about Richard Scarry’s illustrations. They are full of such minute detail; they reward every visit and revisit with new little nuggets to look at. This was one of my favorite books as a kid, one I took from my parents’ house when I was planning to start my own family so I could read it to my own kids. The stories I remember loving the best were Building a New House, Sergeant Murphy of the Busytown Police Department, and A Visit to the Hospital. My son’s favorite are: The Train Trip (I can currently recite it from memory), The Story of Seeds and How They Grow, and The Airplane Ride. I still like looking at the cut-away pictures, showing the insides of different vehicles or parts of a coal mine. On more than one occasion, I have caught Finn pouring over the pages by himself, just as I used to do when I was a kid.
Make painter’s tape roads. Add blocks or legos to make some buildings. A few cork boats floating in a cookie pan. Make a car or train tunnel out of a cardboard box or toilet paper tube. It’s your own Busy Town.