The Alice and Jerry Basic Readers | Awards | LibraryThingI loved Alice and Jerry, too. It was about the town stationmaster, who, upon retirement, was given an around the world ticket by the train company. So we learned some geography and social studies as well as improving our reading skills that year. I personally gew up in Ohio on Dick and Jane. I started school in September, There was no kindergarten, so in Grade 1 we learned to read and love the Alice and Jerry and Jip books.
Alice and Jerry
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Alice and Jerry was a basal reader educational series published and used in classrooms from the mids to the s. The books sold nearly million copies worldwide. The "Alice and Jerry" books followed a sister and brother, Alice and Jerry, as well as their dog Jip, through a series of simple events in relatively plain settings. The sentences in the "Alice and Jerry" readers were short, and used repeating words to build reader's stamina and familiarity. For instance, here is the text from the book "Skip Along": "One, two three. Come and see. See my umbrella.
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Are you looking for stories that will foster a lifelong love of reading? That's the testimony of one "graduate of the Alice and Jerry Reading Program a grade school student in the 60's now rejoicing in the re-printing of this winsome series. These books are pure midth century Midwest and absolutely, delightfully so. No political correctness here but there is bountiful evidence of a more carefree childhood lifestyle, a freedom and innocence that seems to have been lost somewhere along the line. Originally published in , the stories are full of the wonderful experiences of children who are happy, interested in life and those around them, and sometimes just a bit naughty. The children and the adults in their lives are involved in the everyday joys of pre-computerized, pre-nanny-state, pre-regulated America.