For a school book collector like me, it's fun to see the differences between the different series of books for the same age groups. The vocabulary was similar, the stories generally followed the same script. But the illustrations are what set them apart.
The Houghton-Mifflin readers (shown here as The Big Show, and Tip and Mitten) had lovely illustrations. My favorites are by Corinne Malvern, who also illustrated some of my favorite Little Golden Books.
|Beautiful illustrations by Corinne Malvern in the Big Show|
A collection of pre-primers wouldn't be complete without at least one or two Dick and Jane pre-primers. I have two: We Come and Go, and We Work and Play. The book Before We Read is also part of the Dick and Jane world, published by Scott, Foresman & Co.
|From We Work and Play|
|From Skip Along, an Alice and Jerry book|