June 5, 1919 - April 30, 1994
The Richard Scarry illustration and "June" poem are from "Merry Months of the Year" by Scarry's wife, Patricia. Formerly Patricia Murphy, she was a writer of children's textbooks who met Richard Scarry during a collaboration when he was a textbook illustrator. They married in 1948.
I came across the poem in a large format book of collected works by Richard Scarry that I couldn't resist picking up from our local library bookstore yesterday for my grandson. Richard Scarry's Things to Know is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
This book has all my grandson's favorites, including Chipmunk's ABC, Colors, The Polite Elephant, I Am A Bunny, and lots more! It's so nice to post about it here today on my blog in honor of the anniversary of this very BUSY man's birthday!