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25+ Changes To Your Favorite Childhood Book Show How Much Society Has Changed
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25+ Changes To Your Favorite Childhood Book Show How Much Society Has Changed

Richard Scarry, the prolific children’s book author who has created more than 300 books since 1949, has quietly been updating his work to ensure that it would be acceptable for modern audiences. Since the 1950s, our understanding of gender roles and ethnic relationships has changed, and Scarry has done a great job of ensuring that the children who love his books wouldn’t be influenced by outdated gender norms.

The subtle changes were noticed by Alan Taylor, a senior photo editor at The Atlantic who loved Scarry’s books as a child and noticed the changes in his own kids’ books. What do you think about the changes Scarry has made?

More info: flickr.com (h/t: upworthy, demilked)

Richard Scarry’s “Best Word Book Ever” has changed a lot since 1963

Dad can cook, too!

Flight personnel requirements have become more open

Firefighters will save people no matter their gender or appearance

Men can make their own breakfasts, too

The playground has become a bit more diverse

Cowboys and “Indians” have been removed

Gender-specific occupation names have been changed

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KikiCastro
Community Member
6 years ago

but... it is male* walruses who have tusks... does that mean that they even included a trans in the original book?

JoeTorres
Community Member
6 years ago

Actually both male and female "adult" walruses have tusks. So he was right.

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YeohMelissa
Community Member
6 years ago

omg my fav no 1 book when I was a kid. the 1990 version so delicious to look at. Amazing man

SallyWightkin
Community Member
6 years ago

Why change "brave hero" to "fire fighter" ?

Emjay Sanford
Community Member
5 years ago

Right? Firefighters ARE brave heroes. I don't understand why that had to change.

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YannickTrudel
Community Member
6 years ago

I was born in the 70's and I remember that book too

ReverendVeritas
Community Member
6 years ago

The playground scene takes it a bit far.

Mike Vasiljevs
Community Member
5 years ago

You mean a skirt chasing the shorts bit? Why not, makes the story a little more interesting...

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JenniferGorman
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6 years ago

My children, and my brother and I when we were little, all would just sit and look and look and LOOK, at the pages of his books, and not only listen to the original stories and words, but sit and imagine other stories in our heads about the pictures

BobbyMcD
Community Member
6 years ago

Looking forward to the version where all the women and girls aren't wearing skirts and dresses.

JoanaMourato
Community Member
6 years ago

That would be difficult because if they dress them with the equally we don't go know they genre.

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markroberts
Community Member
6 years ago

He isn't updating them, he died in 1994

KateřinaEff
Community Member
6 years ago

He updated the book in 1980. The article above is a bit nonsense, referring about 35 years old news.

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krakian Spawner
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1 year ago

Why censorship is right? Is not "changes" but more like "i am afraid that my kids learn how was the past" if an author created a book in a certain way it should stay that way, is like the crazy people begging to censor Tom and Jerry becuse is "too violent and racist" shut up! it was made in 1940 and stays that way

Emjay Sanford
Community Member
5 years ago

Political correctness much?

CupcakeQueen
Community Member
6 years ago

OMG! Eventually the world is going to have to accept that there are some jobs that men can do better! There is absolutely nothing wrong with that! It is not sexist for some men to be stronger, more athletic, or just better at certain things then women! What has the world come to!?!? *sigh*

catiekent
Community Member
6 years ago

i like the orignal verision better

exilio
Community Member
6 years ago

Ugh...more PC. *sigh*

Robert Playsmc
Community Member
6 years ago

i could swear i read that book when i was little

SoonTekh
Community Member
6 years ago

Nope! Society hasn't improved! In fact, we are digressing! It doesn't matter that there is more equality in the world, because there is still this rampant sexism and racism going around. I am disappointed at the Western World especially, putting themselves on such high chairs and pointing their fingers towards other countries. THEY ARE FUCKING LUNATICS OVER THERE!! WE ARE DEVOLVING!! We haven't improved at all! WE ARE SO BACKWARDS!! We think that capitalism is so awesome and that the arch enemies of it (socialism and communism) are bad and sexist. WHEN IN FACT CAPITALISM IS THAT!! Back in the old days, there was a balance in the world. There were the capitalists with their child labour (which still continues today) and the socialists and communists who were forcing children to go to school and get an education. Now, the world is 100% capitalism and people who say that the world is becoming more communist have rocks in their heads.

le_magicien_bergier
Community Member
6 years ago

nurse is still nurse. In our language we call it "medicinal sister" heheh...no "medicinal brother" exists.

Kieleenterprise
Community Member
6 years ago

https://www.boredpanda.com/here-are-35-of-the-most-satisfying-things-that-have-ever-happened-but-i-cant-explain-why/

GlynisLailann
Community Member
6 years ago

I would never have noticed the changes if they weren't pointed out. The changes made were inevitable though.

Xenthia
Community Member
6 years ago

George Lucas would be proud.

JacobSudianto
Community Member
6 years ago

Was born in 1977 and that book was my all time favorite..

MelanieAugustdeMeijer
Community Member
6 years ago

Indeed the best child's book!

IreneLau
Community Member
6 years ago

I love it!

KTTrondsen
Community Member
6 years ago

very awesome :)

KikiCastro
Community Member
6 years ago

but... it is male* walruses who have tusks... does that mean that they even included a trans in the original book?

JoeTorres
Community Member
6 years ago

Actually both male and female "adult" walruses have tusks. So he was right.

Load More Replies...
YeohMelissa
Community Member
6 years ago

omg my fav no 1 book when I was a kid. the 1990 version so delicious to look at. Amazing man

SallyWightkin
Community Member
6 years ago

Why change "brave hero" to "fire fighter" ?

Emjay Sanford
Community Member
5 years ago

Right? Firefighters ARE brave heroes. I don't understand why that had to change.

Load More Replies...
YannickTrudel
Community Member
6 years ago

I was born in the 70's and I remember that book too

ReverendVeritas
Community Member
6 years ago

The playground scene takes it a bit far.

Mike Vasiljevs
Community Member
5 years ago

You mean a skirt chasing the shorts bit? Why not, makes the story a little more interesting...

Load More Replies...
JenniferGorman
Community Member
6 years ago

My children, and my brother and I when we were little, all would just sit and look and look and LOOK, at the pages of his books, and not only listen to the original stories and words, but sit and imagine other stories in our heads about the pictures

BobbyMcD
Community Member
6 years ago

Looking forward to the version where all the women and girls aren't wearing skirts and dresses.

JoanaMourato
Community Member
6 years ago

That would be difficult because if they dress them with the equally we don't go know they genre.

Load More Replies...
markroberts
Community Member
6 years ago

He isn't updating them, he died in 1994

KateřinaEff
Community Member
6 years ago

He updated the book in 1980. The article above is a bit nonsense, referring about 35 years old news.

Load More Replies...
krakian Spawner
Community Member
1 year ago

Why censorship is right? Is not "changes" but more like "i am afraid that my kids learn how was the past" if an author created a book in a certain way it should stay that way, is like the crazy people begging to censor Tom and Jerry becuse is "too violent and racist" shut up! it was made in 1940 and stays that way

Emjay Sanford
Community Member
5 years ago

Political correctness much?

CupcakeQueen
Community Member
6 years ago

OMG! Eventually the world is going to have to accept that there are some jobs that men can do better! There is absolutely nothing wrong with that! It is not sexist for some men to be stronger, more athletic, or just better at certain things then women! What has the world come to!?!? *sigh*

catiekent
Community Member
6 years ago

i like the orignal verision better

exilio
Community Member
6 years ago

Ugh...more PC. *sigh*

Robert Playsmc
Community Member
6 years ago

i could swear i read that book when i was little

SoonTekh
Community Member
6 years ago

Nope! Society hasn't improved! In fact, we are digressing! It doesn't matter that there is more equality in the world, because there is still this rampant sexism and racism going around. I am disappointed at the Western World especially, putting themselves on such high chairs and pointing their fingers towards other countries. THEY ARE FUCKING LUNATICS OVER THERE!! WE ARE DEVOLVING!! We haven't improved at all! WE ARE SO BACKWARDS!! We think that capitalism is so awesome and that the arch enemies of it (socialism and communism) are bad and sexist. WHEN IN FACT CAPITALISM IS THAT!! Back in the old days, there was a balance in the world. There were the capitalists with their child labour (which still continues today) and the socialists and communists who were forcing children to go to school and get an education. Now, the world is 100% capitalism and people who say that the world is becoming more communist have rocks in their heads.

le_magicien_bergier
Community Member
6 years ago

nurse is still nurse. In our language we call it "medicinal sister" heheh...no "medicinal brother" exists.

Kieleenterprise
Community Member
6 years ago

https://www.boredpanda.com/here-are-35-of-the-most-satisfying-things-that-have-ever-happened-but-i-cant-explain-why/

GlynisLailann
Community Member
6 years ago

I would never have noticed the changes if they weren't pointed out. The changes made were inevitable though.

Xenthia
Community Member
6 years ago

George Lucas would be proud.

JacobSudianto
Community Member
6 years ago

Was born in 1977 and that book was my all time favorite..

MelanieAugustdeMeijer
Community Member
6 years ago

Indeed the best child's book!

IreneLau
Community Member
6 years ago

I love it!

KTTrondsen
Community Member
6 years ago

very awesome :)

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