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Zerna Sharp

Born: Aug 12, 1889

Death: Jun 17, 1981

Birthplace: United States of America

Nationality: United States

Zerna Sharp

Date of Birth : Aug 12, 1889
Date of Death : Jun 17, 1981
Birth Place : United States of America

Zerna Addis Sharp was a US author, writer and teacher. She became known for creating the Dick and Jane beginning readers, and many other readers for children. Sharp noted the reduced reading ability of children during her travels and urged a new reading format for primers. She suggested that primers introduce a word at a time to new readers, and the Dick and Jane primers adhered to this format. The names "Dick" and "Jane" were chosen because they were easy to sound. The primers were sold from 1927 to 1973. Sharp was born in Hillisburg, Clinton County, Indiana. She died in Frankfort, Indiana at the age of 91.

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