Busy, Busy World by Richard Scarry (first published by Golden Books, New York, 1965)
Zoe’s book, introduced by Tessa Waite
This book was brought in to The Story of Books in Hay-on-Wye as part of Tessa Waite’s residency, Story Power. Here Tessa posts about the book and memory of the book shared by Carolyn. Only first names are used in this series of A Book a Day in Hay. Thank you to all those who brought books in and contributed to this project. Tessa Waite has created artists books based on the memories shared with her and these are currently on display at The Story of Books, 20, Castle Street in Hay-on-Wye.
Zoe grinned with pleasure on showing me her childhood copy of Richard Scarey’s Busy, Busy World. She described how she savoured the stories which took her to different parts of the world.
Her parents were travel agents so this book gave her “a world connection”. She could open it at any page and read a story, engaging in the small, often humorous details within the soft watercolour and line drawn illustrations which are full of life.
Some of the pages are even more full of life, bearing the marks of her brothers drawing. Far beyond her early childhood years of reading this book, if she felt anxious or upset; after waking from a dream perhaps; she would reach for Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy World, “This book was my secret one”.