Janet and john books 1950s
Parents: Janet and John's revamped | Books | The GuardianJanet and John books may jog the memory on what you first read, it did in the Spring Chicken Community! Comments poured in with fond memories of learning to read these books at school and listening to a parody of them on the radio. Loved Janet and John when I was at school. Bless you, Terry still missed so very much. No TV at home and a phone was in a red booth down the road in those days, how technology has advanced!
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Janet and John is the title of a series of early reading books for children, originally published in the UK by James Nisbet and Co in four volumes in — It was one of the first series making use of the "look and say" approach to early reading. Further books were added later, and the series became hugely popular in the s and 60s, both in the UK and in New Zealand. By the s the books were considered to be outdated, and several updated versions were issued. Facsimiles of two of the original volumes were reprinted in to cater for the nostalgia market.
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The books became hugely popular for the teaching of schoolchildren throughout the s and s, being used in.
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This was in the early 60s, and these dour books did the deed tediously and joylessly. No one who had to read those phrases over and over and over as I did could ever forget them. Like a bad pop lyric they echo round your head, all that seeing and running - a strange, stilted, dreary 50s world of prissy children, perfect parents, and hyperactive dogs. And God forbid there should be characters, or a joke or a rhyme. Learning to read was a serious business - and don't you forget it. And woe betide the slow learner.