Richard Scarry's Best Rainy Day Book Ever
Richard Scarry ~ Random House, 1974
I found this at a library sale today and had one of those my-heart-skipped-a-beat moments. Hundreds of rainy day hours from my childhood came flooding back, and I was five again. You all know I'm a sucker for big, fat "More Than 500 Things to Color and Make" books of the past, and I wonder why they don't make them as awesome as they used to. (My apologies to everyone for my excessive use of the word awesome on this blog, but really, is there any other word?) Thankfully, it seems, this one has found its way back into print so even more generations of tots can fall in love.
Each page, each illustration, each craft takes me back 30 years to a simpler time when all you needed was a pair of metal safety scissors and a bottle of Elmer's to have an absolute blast. Lucky for us, the child who owned this copy previously only partook of about 10 of the 500 things, so we're set to go. Good thing it's raining outside. Mobiles, pages to color, finger puppets, a calendar to make. As soon as I pick the boy up from preschool, we are totally hitting the make-you-own-bookplates page... that is, if I can wait that long!
(And Antmusic, after going back and reading your comment on The Bear's Activity Book, I totally just bought a copy of Little Monster's You-Can-Make-It Book from Abe. Thanks for the tip!)
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The Bunny Book
Rabbit and His Friends
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