About the Series
(1927-1960s) Dick and Jane primers flourished in the late '40s and '50s when post-war affluence promised a protected world of childhood innocence. 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. Gray, and Helen M. Robinson. They were published by Scott, Foresman and Company.
Kismaric, Carole and Marvin Heiferman. Growing Up With Dick and Jane: Learning and Living the American Dream. Paperback, $19.95.