Changes to Scarry's "Best Word Book Ever"

When I was a kid, my favorite book was Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever. The book was originally published in 1963, a few years before I was born. The pictures were beautifully drawn, there were lots of interesting little things to search for (ala “Where’s Waldo”) and I never grew bored with it.

Fast forward 30+ years. We had purchased a new copy for our kids, and while paging through it I discovered that in many instances it was very different. This was a new edition published in 1991 that was much more politically correct and in many ways much less fun (at least IMHO).

Here’s a Flickr photo set comparing the two editions –

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