Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

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 What I didn't notice, though, was how outdated some of the phrasing in the books is -- not surprising for a series that was first published in the 1960's.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.

They updated for to a less sexist phrase for this occupation.

More holidays were included in the illustrations.

More holidays were included in the illustrations.

And language has been updated for a more modern, conversational flow.

And language has been updated for a more modern, conversational flow.

Dads found their way to the kitchen.

Dads found their way to the kitchen.

And they included some STEM careers as well.

And they included some STEM careers as well.

They removed the "damsel in distress" narrative and de-gendered the emergency responders.

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!

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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Source: Upworthy

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