September 20, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Growing Up With Dick and Jane

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Carole Kismaric, Marvin Heiferman
Pop Culture
We gave it an A

See the well-designed book by Carole Kismaric and Marvin Heiferman that fondly remembers Dick and Jane. It is very pretty. Meet Zerna Sharp and William Gray. They created the Dick and Jane textbook series back in 1927. See Dick and Jane revolutionize teaching methods. Look, look. Here’s Dick, Jane, Sally, Mother, Father, Spot, and Puff, all being held up as cultural symbols. Can you say ”postwar affluence”? See Dick and Jane get a car and a TV. Watch a black family arrive in Dick and Jane’s neighborhood. See educators decide that Dick and Jane no longer represent the ”majority” interest. Think about Dick and Jane‘s legacy. Think, America, think. A

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