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.
Published by Chicago Scott Foresman Seller Rating:. About this Item: Chicago Scott Foresman First day at school, the big umbrella, Sally helps, the snow party. For home schoolers, this contains the guidebook for Our New Friends at the front of the book. Erased notations still visible title page, school stamp fep, few spots eps, edge wear, corners bumped, binding rubbed.