The Elson Readers, Primer
Author: William H. Elson Category: Readers Cover: Softcover Pages: 152 Ages: 5 - 6 | Kindergarten Type: Literature | Youth Illustration: Illustrated Rating: 90L About the Primer These books come from an experienced educator of the early 20th century, William H. Elson, the man responsible for the well-known and loved characters “Dick and Jane,” with which so many of us grew up. This series predates the “Dick and Jane” books, with original publishing dates from 1920 to 1921. The real beauty of The Elson Readers series is the kind of literature within its covers—wholesome literature that views the world of nature with awe, upholds the ideals of service to others and our country, and encourages sound moral development in the reader. Contained in this series is a treasure of literature with which American children should be familiar and which will provide them a fundamental literacy of their country and culture. Primer begins this series with the fundamental task of teaching little students to read. The stories are short and to the point, and the text is oversized and spaced widely to make letter recognition a less daunting task. Charming pictures by L. Kate Deal enhance the text by describing the stories visually and help hold the child’s interest. Although teaching reading is the foremost purpose of Primer, the stories have been chosen to encourage the development of wholesome attitudes in the young reader. Stories are from renowned children’s authors such as L. Alma-Tadema, Carolyn Bailey, Anne Shütze, and others and include classic folk tales and selections from Mother Goose.