They Gave A Classic Children’s Book A Politically Correct Makeover.
When I was a kid, I absolutely loved Richard Scarry's books. Lowly Worm and the rest of the crew taught me about letters, days of the week, jobs, and other everyday language. What I didn't notice, though, was how outdated some of the phrasing in the books is -- not surprising for a series that was first published in the 1960's.
Now, certain elements of the books have been changed to keep up with the times, providing today's young readers with a more updated lexicon to learn from. The changes are subtle, but make a world of difference.
Remember this little guy? He's stayed the same, but the other creatures in the Scarry world got some much-needed modernization.
The new books show that both men and women can work in different roles, both at home and professionally.
They updated for to a less sexist phrase for this occupation.
More holidays were included in the illustrations.
And language has been updated for a more modern, conversational flow.
Dads found their way to the kitchen.
And they included some STEM careers as well.
They removed the "damsel in distress" narrative and de-gendered the emergency responders.
Finally, they removed a culturally appropriative mouse and just went for the ice cream instead. The World of Richard Scarry is keeping up with the times!
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