Dick and Jane are the two main characters created by Zerna Sharp for a series of basal readers written by William S. Gray 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 in These readers were used in classrooms 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 used them. 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 curricula. The Dick and Jane series were known for their simple narrative text and watercolor illustrations.
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Jan 13, ISBN years. These are the real classic readers with cloth-like covers and original illustrations from the s Dick and Jane basic readers. Filled with over 30 stories, these books are for beginning readers, parents, and grandparents alike!
Once a beloved teaching tool, Dick and Jane was later denounced as dull, counterproductive, and even misogynistic. A former teacher from Laporte, Ind. Gray with an idea that would change the face of American literacy. So Sharp proposed a collection of short stories that would each introduce a handful of new words.