Rain Stories

Rain was a popular subject for primary school children learning to read in the early 1900’s.  I am basing this assumption on these stories from the Ontario Readers Primer, authorized by THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION (that part was important enough in the book to print in all caps bold) published in 1920.

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How lucky am I to possess books that are almost a hundred years old? Even if the stories are blatantly sexist.  Wimpy little girl afraid of the rain vs. bold adventurous little boy having fun.

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In this case the smart males all seek shelter and the silly female goose doesn’t. Girls just can’t win.
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Isn’t that delightful? The pages are well-read, faded and stained, the cover is worn and falling apart and the binding disintegrating and barely holding everything together. It’s one of the things my mother felt was worth saving, and it is one of my treasures.

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19 thoughts on “Rain Stories

    • We had to read Tom Betty and Susan books – same stories with different names. I couldn’t wait to get through them! “Run, Tom, run” just wasn’t deep and meaningful enough. lol. And they had a dog named Flip. Seriously, who does that. Makes the rain poetry look brilliant.

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    • I remember mom letting us read these when we were little and learning to read in the fifties and finding them fun. I guess they are timeless in a way. Fun to look back at, anyway. 😊

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  1. I was an early childhood teacher (grades pre-K through grade 2) in the 70s and the primers and early readers may have been updated a teeny weeny, but the themes were the same. Of course, the school system was still using very old books then, too. What excitement when someone on the block got the first TV! (and kids read about that in 1976 and were supposed to relate!).

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    • Oh my, that’s funny. Our rural school was all farm kids, reading about city kids visiting a farm…that’s when I knew the stories were completely made up. A skeptic at the age of 6. lol

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  2. Those are treasures. When I taught first grade in a small rural school, I found and used similar vintage readers for the children who found the modern readers difficult. It actually helped some of them. Not everything new is good for everyone.

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