From “Beautiful Screaming Lady” to “Cat In Danger”

This is a neat Flickr series showing some of the differences between the 1963 version of Richard Scarry’s “Best Word Book Ever” and the 1991 edition.

If you look through the images, you’ll see some forward progress: Dad has been added into the kitchen along with Mom, there are more female animals sharing jobs with the males, and all of the stereotypical Native American references have been removed.

For further reading, here’s a nice analysis of Scarry’s “What Do People Do All Day?” I loved these books as a kid.


  1. Nonomu198 says:

    Interesting… and nostalgic! Thanks for sharing.

    Too bad we can’t afford to have any handsome pilots, beautiful (although screaming) women or giant cowboys in our harsh, non-humane modern life.