Wouldn’t it be great if Richard Scarry was still around to do a new Busytown book on science or sustainability?

A while back, I was playing with my kids and having fun with the Find Lowly Worm game that seems to be a rite of passage when looking through a Richard Scarry picture book.

Anyway, in our edition of “What Do People Do All Day?” I was amused by a substantial 4 page spread about coal as a source of energy (titled Digging coal to make electricity work for us). I guess it got me thinking that wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a similar children’s book produced that can have the same degree of cultural prevalence, but also includes graphics looking at energy alternatives like wind, solar, wave, hydro, nuclear, etc. In essense, a Busytown book that focuses on concepts of sustainability or maybe even technology in general, where rapport can be continually fostered with analogous Lowly Worm type traditions.

I would soooo buy that book, if only because those kind of slides would rock in a slideshow. Anyway, check out the spreads below:

Ironic that one of more obvious graphic elements is the billowing smoke from the barbeque on the right… (click here for larger shot)

Coolest periodic table of elements ever.

I especially love the tagline: “Make anything.”

From www.frederiksamuel.com.

I can imagine how someone seeing this would wonder if Dragons are real after all…

Yes, more slides for biodiversity purposes. More on this little guy at wiki.

The creature in this photo may appear to be a miniature version of a mythical dragon, but this little guy is actually a gliding lizard.

Adult gliding lizards, which belong to the genus Draco and total more than 45 species, range in size from 7-15 centimeters (about 2.8-6 inches) in length and are native to Southeast Asia.

This particular specimen appears to be Draco beccarii, according to Jimmy A. McGuire, curator of Herpetology in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley. However, without seeing the dewlap (a fold of loose skin that hangs from the neck) of this specimen, McGuire couldn’t be certain.

From Discovery.

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