Dick and Jane were the main characters in popular basal readers written by Zerna Sharp used to teach children to read between the s and s. The main characters, Dick and Jane, were a little boy and girl. They first appeared in the Elson-Grey Readers used in the s. The books relied on sight reading or "whole word reading" and repetition , using phrases like, "Oh, see. Oh, see Jane.
Dick and Jane: Illustrations of an American Education
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. The Dick and Jane series were known for their simple narrative text and watercolor illustrations.
This is a classic revision of the Elson Basic Readers, Primer. This has the original Dick and Jane. It also has Spot, but Spot is a cat! This also includes the favorite "Dark Pony" story about taking the children to "Sleepytown".
When an affluent couple lose all their money following a series of blunders, they turn to a life of crime to make ends meet. And just like that, Globodyne Corporation--the big media institution where the affluent suburbanite and the company's Vice President, Dick Harper, works--collapses in a grand scandal, Enron-style. To make matters worse, in the worst possible time, Dick's stressed-out travel agent wife, Jane, decides to quit her job--and if this isn't enough--their savings are gone, and nothing can stop Dick and Jane's downward spiral. Now, after a series of failed attempts to keep a job, the desperate and impoverished couple has only one method to stay afloat: to summon up the nerve and steal their way out of misery. However, are Dick and Jane cut out for a life of crime?