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Do you remember the names of the characters in the primers/readers when you first learned to read?

Asked by Yellowdog (10517points) July 21st, 2019

When you first learned to read, who were the characters in the primer?

Were they Dick, Jane, and their dog Spot?

Or were they Mary, Mike, and Jeff—with a dog named Bolo and a cat named Velvet?

Did you have Pat and Cathy and an English Sheepdog (the star of the series, really) named Mr. Mugs?

or were they Janet and Mark (who also had a dog and cat, but no one I know remembers their names).

What do you remember about the primers?

Discussion about gender stereotypes and other stereotyping welcome, but I hope some positive things will be discussed also.

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jca2's avatar

I think it was Dick and Jane but I’m not positive. This was in the early 70’s.

kritiper's avatar

Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot, ...and I think the cat’s name was Kitty.

JLeslie's avatar

Sally, Dick, and Jane for me too. ‘73—‘74, I was in first grade. I’m not sure every first grade teacher used the same book. My teacher was as old as the hills. My mom thought she was great. It might have been all teachers in the area, @jca2 was in a different school district, but same county as me I think.

Pinguidchance's avatar

Who can forget Fun with Dick and Jane?

However, I digress.

It was Noddy and Big Ears.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Indiana Jones. In a read a long record.

canidmajor's avatar

I don’t remember learning to read. My mother says my sisters taught me when I was three, I honestly have no idea. Could be, as I was always desperate to keep up with everybody. I was the youngest and the smallest in the extended family.

janbb's avatar

Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot, and the cat was Fluff.

LadyMarissa's avatar

The first books I read were Snow White & Cinderella; however, the first primer/reader was Dick & Jane with little sister Sally & their dog Spot.I seem to remember that they also had a teddy bear named Tim as well.

jca2's avatar

When I was in 1st grade, we had SRA cards. Does anybody remember these?

canidmajor's avatar

OMG, @jca2, I loved those!

Patty_Melt's avatar

I had sra cards too.
I cut my first tooth on Dick and Jane, Then got moved up to The Roundabouts. They were more fun. Mr. and Mrs. Roundabout were an elderly couple who took us on adventures as they introduced us to abbreviations and multiple syllables.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Dick and Jane.
Also, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Owl and Eyore.
Prince Bertrand the Bad. Mom put me in time out once when I was 4. Prince Bertrand was on hand. I picked it up and started reading it “backward.” That is I went to the last page and started reading the last world first. Mom sat down next to me and asked what I was doing. I told her. She said, “Interesting,” and I never heard another word about it.
Rosalie. WHERE IS SHE??!!
I loved, LOVED SRA too.

Darth_Algar's avatar

I dunno. I don’t remember ever not being able to read. Even when I entered kindergarden I was reading at a level a few grades above me.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Me too. Ever read “Look out for Pirates,” @Darth_Algar? God I loved that book! I actually bought it for my 7 year old grand daughter.

Darth_Algar's avatar


Not to my recollection, but I suppose I may have at some point in time.

ragingloli's avatar

Adolf, Franz, and Bratwurst.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I checked that book out from the library probably at least twice a month my 2nd grade year.

seawulf575's avatar

It was Dick, Jane, Spot and their cat Puff. I remember a couple of the kids in my class, when reading out loud, pronounced both “F“s in Puff. It came out as Puff-ff.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I had Dick and Jane with their dog Spot. There was also Father and Mother.

I remember a Halloween story of some sort and this sentence threw me:
“What?” said Father.

I had trouble deciding if they were asking me what Father said. I figured it out eventually.

kruger_d's avatar

Looking through one my grandfather and great aunt used, copyright 1891.
Willie, Alice, May, Minnie, Grace, and Ned. They have all sorts of barnyard animals.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Does nobody remember Dr. Seuss?
“The Cat in the Hat?” Etc….

I remember lots of Disney books too. With characters like Goofy, and others…

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh, I loved Go Dogs Go. My favorite illustration was the dogs having a tree top party. It was like they were partying on a sticky tree cloud

janbb's avatar

I assumed the OP was talking about reading instruction books in school not just books we read as children.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes, they did restrict the question to “Primers.” In that case our answers were done at “Dick and Jane,” and SRA. I don’t remember characters in SRA. I just remember colors and levels and that I blew it out of the water.
And that means I’m done interacting on this thread.

Yellowdog's avatar

Yes, I DID mean the primers.

First and second grade reading is permissible. I liked ‘Look Out for Pirates too. And an Alfred Hitchcock series.

But those primers, and some of the very first books read in school, are kind of what I had in mind.

si3tech's avatar

Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot and Puff.

Adagio's avatar

Janet and John. 1965 NZ.

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