These books taught a couple generations how to read, crafted dreams of gentle suburban bliss, and in the process became immediately recognizable cultural icons. When people get all excited about the Dick and Jane series, you know it's nostalgia and long-lost memories they're after. While these books also chronicle an era, I'll bet most customers want them for memories of the little light bulb that clicked as they learned to read with Dick, Jane, Sally, and Spot. Aside from the educational nostalgia, these primers reflect a society now past and are as remarkable for this depiction as for their influence on American education. All of the original primers are out of print, although there have been some facsimilie editions printed. Their various authors include Elson-Gray, William S.
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About the Series
Published by Scott, Foresman and Company Seller Rating:. About this Item: Scott, Foresman and Company, Condition: Very Good. There is one school stamp inside the front cover. Outside pictorial covers show some minor soiling and wear. The Reading for Independence books are designed specifically to provide an opportunity for each child to use interpretative and word-analysis skills simultaneously as he reads new material on his own. This, of course, is the edition used in the 's.
Dick and Jane refers to the two main characters, "Dick" and "Jane", created by Zerna Sharp for a series of basal readers that William S. Gray wrote to teach children to read. The characters first appeared in the Elson-Gray Readers in and continued in a subsequent series of books through the final version that Scott Foresman published in These readers were used in classroom in the United States and in other English-speaking countries for nearly four decades, reaching the height of their popularity in the s, when 80 percent of first-grade students in the United States were learning to read through these stories. Although the Dick and Jane series of primers continued to be sold until and remained in use in some classrooms throughout the s, they were replaced with other reading texts by the s and gradually disappeared from school curriculum.