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Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?
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The first section's story introduces Farmer Alfalfa, who keeps some of the food he's grown for his family and sells the rest to Grocer Cat. This simple transaction sets off a chain of events: Alfalfa uses the money he's made to buy a suit from the tailor, a tractor from the blacksmith to expand his business, and gifts for his family, and puts the rest in the bank. The tailor, in turn, buys an egg beater, the blacksmith buys more iron for his shop. From there, the book explores the type of work done in diverse areas: construction, firefighting, a hospital, the postal service, train and ocean travel, farming, lumber, road construction, and a bakery.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the kind of work they do, at home and in their careers. Ask kids: What kind of jobs would you like to do when you're an adult?
What kind of work does everyone in the family do at home? How is it helpful?
Talk about the workers you interact with every day, and how they do their jobs.
- Author: Richard Scarry
- Illustrator: Richard Scarry
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Trains
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: March 12, 1968
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 7
- Number of pages: 64
- Available on: Hardback
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