“The Dick and Jane series, issued by Scott, Foresman & Co., in the 1930s,
This is when we became more and more stupid. That would explain the bad perspective in the illustrations. Dick, indeed!
I do feel bad about the look-say method that ruined so many children’s ability to ever learn to read. I was one of the fortunate ones who made the jump into hyper-space of reading intuitively. I still just have warm fuzzies seeing this.
Actually, the Dick and Jane books were partly phonetic. Every word on those pages in this picture has a phonetic rule that can be applied. But the look-see part came in because of the repetition. I was fortunate. I picked up on the phonics rules but a lot of kids didn’t. Kids with dyslexia really struggled with this type of reading method.