(Glenview, Illinois): Scott, Foresman & Company, (1967-1968). Six octavo volumes, measuring 8.5 x 6.5 inches, original pale pictorial cloth with lettering and graphics in contrasting colors. Illustrated title pages, photographic or full-color illustrations on almost every page, glossaries at rear. School library stamps on front endpapers of two volumes, library stamp on page 72 of Rolling Along. Light stray soiling to boards, light bumping to corners and spine extremities, occasional smudge in text.
Six volumes from the Open Highways Reading Program, a whimsically bound collection of progressive American grade-school readers from the late 1960s. The books contain a mix of poems, short stories, and fairy tales, with games, riddles, and crafts inspired by the assigned reading: Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “The Shadow” is followed by three pages on “Ways to Make Shadows,” “Things to Make with Shadows,” and “Things to Do with Shadows.” The series includes material from a wide variety of cultures, past and present, and is particularly notable for its respectful representation of modern African-American families. The multicultural focus of Open Highways and the books’ occasionally psychedelic graphics anticipate the PBS debut of Sesame Street the following year. The six volumes are: Ready to Roll, Book 1, Part (1967); Rolling Along, Book 1, Part 2 (1967); More Power, Book 2, Part 1 (1968); Moving Ahead, Book 2, Part 2 (1968); Splendid Journey, Book 3, Part 1 (1968); and Speeding Away, Book 3, Part 2 (1968). The editors include A. Sterl Artley, one of the authors of the Dick and Jane books, and Helen M. Robinson, a noted reading educator. A near-fine set overall, scarce in this condition.