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One of our favourite books - fantastically detailed drawings & answers to many a child's questions to how the world works (building roads & houses, how trains and planes and the postal service works, electricity, paper-making, farming, etc.) Go for the older 90 page version as it has more stories - no idea why the newer editions are down to 60 pages.
I'm so torn about this book. I love the illustrations and the concept of explaining how the world works (or at least, how things worked in the early 1900s...), but it DESPERATELY needs an update for the 21st century. I didn't read the reviews and thought that a 2015 edition would have updated content, but I was wrong. I'm fine with keeping a version available for historical context, but there should be an updated version available that is not sexist, reflects the diversity of modern families (beyond "moms" and "dads" and 2 kids), and, while they're at it, maybe shows electricity production that is not derived from coal burning?
I bought this book for my sin, hoping to discuss different professions. The illustration style seemed fun (which it is). We received the book promptly, it is good quality paper.
However, the content is horrendous: it is so shockingly, blatantly sexist I am surprised this book exists in 2021!
Just the first 10 pages feature such gems like - Female animals are housewives or low-paid service professions - Harmful stereotypes about family dynamic (neglectful, irresponsible fathers, abusive husbands)
Honestly, it has been a long time since I have been so shocked and upset by a book.
Our 4 year old loves this book. Loves asking questions. She notices and asks about something new each time we read the story together. It’s nice to see her learn to analyze the story line as well as the illustrations. I love how the book labels different things to help parents/reader answer questions posed by inquisitive kindergarteners! We all learn something new each time. Beautiful illustrations. Although some tasks are stereotypical and some are a little out of date (e.g. they speak to coal mining. Would be nice to update with solar or wind), it’s a lovely book.
Some of the characters have outdated gender roles (it was originally printed in 1968) and some stereotypic family types so I embellished my reading out loud to balance things out. Drawings are good and very interesting to a 3 yr old. The idea of so many occupations in one book expands his knowledge base and results in questions leading to more occupations that could exist. Interesting little stories that explain basic occupational roles and how one business helps another business which helps another business, showing the town's economy.
Muy buen libro, muy completo, con grandes ilustraciones y un vocabulario extenso para que los pequeños refuercen su conocimiento en el idioma inglés. Me encantó este libro de Richard por sus personajes. A mi sobrina le ha encantado El envío fue fabuloso como siempre, con rapidez
I'd already bought his other book The Best Word Book Ever for my granddaughter and she loved it. My Mum read it to me over 50 years ago and it still stands as a timeless book. I knew this book would deliver and it does. If you have young children they'll be amazed at all the things there are to look at. One hundred percent recommend.