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The cover of a Richard Scarry book.

Richard McClure Scarry (June 5, 1919April 30, 1994, last name pronounced /'skæɹi/, to rhyme with "marry" rather than "starry") was an enormously popular American children's author and illustrator who published over 300 books with total sales of 300 million worldwide. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Jane Frank: illustration from Thomas Yoseloffs The Further Adventures of Till Eulenspiegel (1957). ... An illustrator is a graphic artist who specializes in enhancing written text by providing a visual representation that corresponds to the content of the associated text. ...

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where his parents ran a shop. The Scarry family enjoyed a comfortable life even during the time of the Great Depression. Following high school graduation, Scarry enrolled in a business college but soon dropped out, finding it not to his liking. He then studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he remained until being drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. “Boston” redirects here. ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (also known as the Museum School or SMFA) is an undergraduate and graduate college located in Boston, Massachusetts and is dedicated to the visual arts. ... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

Following the war, Scarry worked for the art departments of various magazines before making a career breakthrough in 1949 with Little Golden Books. 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Little Red Hen cover Little Golden Books is a very popular series of childrens books begun in 1942. ...

Busytown breakthrough

His most famous series of books was about Busytown. A typical Busytown street scene. ...

Scarry's characters are almost always anthropomorphic animals. Occasionally this leads to the irony of portraying animals as farmers, tending livestock, including the infamous example of a pig portrayed as a butcher, selling ham and frankfurters behind a counter. Using animals in place of humans allowed Scarry to avoid giving the characters specific racial or ethnic traits, which may have helped broaden their appeal. His books have been popular with children throughout the world. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Animal (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Pig (disambiguation). ... Butcher shop in Valencia A butcher is someone who prepares various meats and other related goods for sale. ... Ham with cloves Technically, ham is the thigh and rump of any animal that is slaughtered for meat, but the term is usually restricted to a cut of pork, the haunch of a pig or boar. ... The term frankfurter may refer to a sausage as made in Frankfurt; a hot dog a resident of Frankfurt am Main, Germany a resident of Frankfurt (Oder), Germany Frankfurter as family name Bernhard Frankfurter (1801-1867), German teacher and writer; son of Rabbi Moses Frankfurter; born at Herdorf ([1]) David... For other uses, see Race (disambiguation). ... This article or section should be merged with ethnic group Ethnicity is the cultural characteristics that connect a particular group or groups of people to each other. ...

While his books are largely populated by common animal species such as cats, rabbits, pigs, and mice, he proved to be quite adept to giving human characteristics to a seemingly endless number of creatures. Beavers, raccoons, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, owls, bears, goats, elephants, foxes, gorillas, crocodiles, dogs, wolves, anteaters, hyenas, baboons, chickens, and bugs were just some of the other animals to be featured in Scarry's works. Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ... Genera Pentalagus Bunolagus Nesolagus Romerolagus Brachylagus Sylvilagus Oryctolagus Poelagus Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world. ... For other uses, see Pig (disambiguation). ... Feral mouse A mouse (plural mice) is a rodent that belongs to one of numerous species of small mammals. ... Species C. canadensis C. fiber Beavers are semi-aquatic rodents native to North America and Europe. ... Type species Procyon lotor Linnaeus, 1758 Species Procyon cancrivorus Procyon insularis Procyon lotor This article is about genus Procyon. ... Binomial name Linnaeus, 1758[2] Range map[1] The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), from the Greek ‘ιπποπόταμος (hippopotamos, hippos meaning horse and potamos meaning river), often shortened to hippo, is a large, mostly plant-eating African mammal, one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae (the other being the Pygmy... Black Rhino from Howletts Wild Animal Park For other uses, see Rhinoceros (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Owl (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Species See Species and subspecies The goat is a mammal in the genus Capra, which consists of nine species: the Ibex, the West Caucasian Tur, the East Caucasian Tur, the Markhor, and the Wild Goat. ... Genera and Species Loxodonta Loxodonta cyclotis Loxodonta africana Elephas Elephas maximus Elephas antiquus † Elephas beyeri † Elephas celebensis † Elephas cypriotes † Elephas ekorensis † Elephas falconeri † Elephas iolensis † Elephas planifrons † Elephas platycephalus † Elephas recki † Stegodon † Mammuthus † Elephantidae (the elephants) is a family of pachyderm, and the only remaining family in the order Proboscidea... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Type species Troglodytes gorilla Savage, 1847 distribution of Gorilla Species Gorilla gorilla Gorilla beringei The gorilla, the largest of the living primates, is a ground-dwelling omnivore that inhabits the forests of Africa. ... Genera Mecistops Crocodylus Osteolaemus See full taxonomy. ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a domestic subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. ... Wolf Wolf Man Mount Wolf Wolf Prizes Wolf Spider Wolf 424 Wolf 359 Wolf Point Wolf-herring Frank Wolf Friedrich Wolf Friedrich August Wolf Hugo Wolf Johannes Wolf Julius Wolf Max Franz Joseph Cornelius Wolf Maximilian Wolf Rudolf Wolf Thomas Wolf As Name Wolf Breidenbach Wolf Hirshorn Other The call... Families Cyclopedidae Myrmecophagidae Anteaters are the four mammal species of the suborder Vermilingua commonly known for eating ants and termites. ... Subfamilies and Genera Hyaenidae Crocuta Hyaena Parahyaena Protelinae Proteles Hyenas or Hyænas are moderately large terrestrial carnivores native to Africa, Arabia, Asia and the Indian subcontinent. ... For other uses, see Baboon (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Orders Subclass Apterygota Archaeognatha (bristletails) Thysanura (silverfish) Subclass Pterygota Infraclass Paleoptera (Probably paraphyletic) Ephemeroptera (mayflies) Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) Infraclass Neoptera Superorder Exopterygota Grylloblattodea (ice-crawlers) Mantophasmatodea (gladiators) Plecoptera (stoneflies) Embioptera (webspinners) Zoraptera (angel insects) Dermaptera (earwigs) Orthoptera (grasshoppers, etc) Phasmatodea (stick insects) Blattodea (cockroaches) Isoptera (termites) Mantodea (mantids) Psocoptera...

In the 1980s and '90s, many of his "Best Ever" series of books were converted into very popular animated videos, which are still available on DVD and VHS. Some of these animated films include Richard Scarry's Best Silly Stories and Songs Videos Ever and The Busiest Firefighters Ever. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS is a recording and playing standard for analog video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) and launched...

Titles reprinted in recent years have been significantly condensed from their original versions.

His titles include the following:

  • Best Word Book Ever (ISBN 0-307-15510-2)
  • Busy, Busy World (ISBN 0-307-65539-3)
  • Busy, Busy Town (ISBN 0-307-16803-4)
  • Cars and Trucks and Things That Go (ISBN 0-307-15785-7)
  • Please and Thank You Book (ISBN 0-394-82681-7)
  • Silly Stories'
  • Tinker and Tanker (ISBN 0-385-06010-6)
  • What Do People Do All Day? (ISBN 0-394-81823-7)

Beginner Books by Richard Scarry:

  • Richard Scarry's The Best Mistake Ever! and Other Stories B-Extra 9
  • Pie Rats B-Extra 10

Bright and Early Books by Richard Scarry:

  • The Early Bird BE-Extra 1

Personal life and family

In 1972, Scarry bought a chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland. Here he founded his studio where he spent most of the day (from about 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) writing and illustrating his books. His studio contained a single desk, lamp and chair. His wife, Patricia, was told not to bother him except for his hour break for lunch. Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Chalet A chalet (pronounced ), also called Swiss chalet, is a type of building in the Alpine region made of wood. ... Gstaad Gstaad (pronounced ) (Population: 2500) is a village located () 1050 m above sea level, in the German-speaking section of the Bern canton in western Switzerland. ...

His wife Patricia Scarry, originally Patricia Murphy, was a writer of children's textbooks who met Richard during collaboration when he was a textbook illustrator. She is credited with writing many of the stories in his subsequent children's books, such as Good Night, Little Bear, The Bunny Book, and The Fishing Cat. Ursa Minor is a constellation in the northern sky, the name of which means Small Bear in Latin. ...

His son, Richard Scarry Jr., is also an illustrator, sometimes working under his nickname, Huck Scarry, sometimes working in his father's style as "Richard Scarry". Huck is the nickname of Huckle Cat, one of the most commonly recurring Busytown characters.

Huck lives in Vienna, Austria; socialite Olympia Scarry is his daughter. “Wien” redirects here. ...

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NAME Scarry, Richard McClure
SHORT DESCRIPTION author and illustrator
DATE OF BIRTH June 5, 1919
PLACE OF BIRTH Boston, Massachusetts, United States
DATE OF DEATH April 30, 1994

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Richard Scarry (3230 words)
Richard was now a 27 year-old civilian who could honestly report he'd had experience developing entertaining content for an audience of more than one million readers each week.
Scarry was turning into a disciplined worker, rising shortly before eight each morning, and drawing in his studio until four in the afternoon.
Scarry's personal library (and by proxy, that of his editors) contained encyclopedias, travel books, cardboard boxes filled with pictures torn from old magazines, restaurant menus, vacation snapshots from every corner of the globe during his military travels, and rubber-banded rolls of architectural diagrams.
Richard Scarry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (350 words)
Richard McClure Scarry (June 5, 1919 – April 30, 1994) was a enormously popular children's author and illustrator who published over 300 books with total sales of 300 million worldwide, more than any other author.
Scarry's characters are almost always animals portrayed in human activities, and wearing human clothes.
Using animals in place of humans allowed Scarry to avoid giving the characters specific racial or ethnic traits, which may have helped broaden their appeal.
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