The classic Dick and Jane activity book – this edition the first to include the adventures of the neighborhood's Black children, Mike, Penny, and Pam.
"Mike's a leader too. He is Dick's first real friend..." – Kismaric and Heiferman
The brainchild of Zerna Sharp and William Gray (along with a crack editorial team), the Dick and Jane books were developed just in time for the post-war baby boom, and found success in large part due to their vivid depictions of a child's world. According to Kismaric and Heiferman, "By the 1950s, 80% of the first graders in the United States who were learning to read were growing up with Dick and Jane." Dick and Jane are icons of the Baby Boomer generation, "meant to represent Everyboy and Everygirl" – except, of course, they were white, which did not represent every child in the US. The introduction of a Black family into the Dick and Jane universe is an important landmark in the series, reflecting the creators' efforts to produce socially relevant content. Mike, Pam, Penny, and their parents were the first Black family "to appear in a first-grade basal reading program" (Kismaric and Heirferman). Scarce in this edition and unused.
Read more: Kismaric and Heiferman, Growing Up with Dick and Jane, 96-101.
Glenview, Illinois: Scott, Foresman, and Company, (1965). Full title: Think-and-Do Book for use with The New Guess Who. Junior Primer. 11'' x 8.5''. Original side-stapled pink and white pictorial wrappers. Illustrated in black and white on every page except the last two with instructions for the teacher. Unused. 48 pages.
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