Boston: Ginn and Company, c1948. First edition. OCLC records no copies of this edition. One copy of the 1957 revised edition can be found at Princeton and Mayville State University in South Dakota, respectively. Color-printed illustrations on every page (including title). Boards somewhat worn and somewhat warped. A few paint stains to upper board and label. Faint contemporary pencil signature by a child on label. Brass grommet at corner of each board and each page for classroom display. Small stamp (Josephine County School District, Oregon) to corner of front endpaper. Some soiling to a few leaves but still a very good, internally clean copy of a rare entry in the Ginn Basic Readers series, the main competitor to the Dick and Jane series. Original red pebbled boards, spiral bound as issued, with triangular support (matching boards) added to spiral to allow the book to stand. Printed paper label on upper board. 21 in. x 25 in. 30 pp. Item #16862
Odille Ousley (1896 – 1976) taught at the Atlanta Normal Training School and went on to teach at the University of Georgia, where she began writing the Ginn Basic Readers series with her colleague David Harris Russell (1906 – 1976). Russell began his career as the principal of a Canadian schoolhouse at the age of seventeen and by 1942 had become an associate professor of education at UC Berkeley. In 1944, he surveyed 400 people in the United States on education methods and curriculum for elementary education; the books, wall charts, teacher’s guides, and other tools in the Basic Readers series were all developed from that research.
The Basic Readers series included titles like The Little White House, On Cherry Street, and other classroom staples of the mid-twentieth century. Ruth Steed illustrated many of the Basic Readers as well as some of the Dick and Jane books. She is perhaps best remembered for her illustrations for Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle (1949). See Barry, Arlene. “David Harris Russell: A Man Who Loved Learning and Teaching,” (2007); Elliot, Linda. “Who Was the Author of the Ginn Basic Readers?” (September 29, 2019).