[ Boston:]: Houghton Mifflin, [ n.d., 1950s]. Revised edition. OCLC locates one copy at Princeton and no other copies of any editions in this particular extra-large illustrated display format. Coloe illustrations on every page. Boards somewhat warped. With a triangular support (matching boards) added to spiral to allow the book to stand. Rubbing to boards and some paper peeled off at corner of upper board. Spiral bound as issued. Some light soiling to first and last page and some minor dust soiling to leaves at fore-edge. A very good copy, very clean and bright internally, of this rare teaching tool. Original blue paper-covered boards with large black, white, and blue vignette of Tip the dog. Spiral bound as issued. 18 in. x 25 in. 32 pp. Item #16863
The present work uses short sentences that gradually increase in complexity to teach children reading, speaking, and grammar. The book begins with simple statements like “Tip. Tip. No, Tip.” and ends on more complex ones like “Come and play, Jack. You and I will play ball. Play ball with me.” This style of instruction appears in the other titles in the Reading for Meaning series, including Tip and Mitten, Jack and Janet, Up and Away, and Climbing Higher.
Paul McKee (1898 – 1974), Martha Lucile Harrison (1897 - ?), Anne McCowen, and Elizabeth Lehr devised the lessons for all twelve entries in the Houghton Mifflin Reading for Meaning series as well as the accompanying teacher’s guides. Unfortunately, we could not locate much information about the authors of this work besides McKee. He was a leading author of children’s readers and a longtime professor at the University of Northern Colorado, then a teacher’s college. He was the author of over thirty elementary lesson books on reading and language, books for parents, and teacher’s guides, many of them in collaboration with Harrison, McCowen, and Lehr. Corinne Malvern (1905 – 1956) was a fashion advertising artist and children’s book illustrator. She was the art editor for the Ladies’ Home Journal and one of the main illustrators of the bestselling Little Golden Books series. Her illustrations appeared in seventeen titles in the series like Heidi, Frosty the Snow Man, The Night Before Christmas, and Nursery Songs, one of the initial twelve books in the series. She was also a theater costumer and actress in vaudeville, opera, and film roles.