What books did you use to learn to read? For me it was Alice and Jerry and their dog Jip. And as the readers progressed, the stories spread out to the past and to foreign countries. I really liked the illustrations which had a very idyllic feel to them and made their world feel fully fleshed. Even then, in the early '60s they felt a little old fashioned, but I was used to everything being WWII surplus, so I gave it no thought. Their world was more rural than my surburban one.