In the late s, the texts for grades seven and eight were re-packaged into a Basic Reading and Literature series consisting of Book 1 for seventh grade and Book 2 for eighth grade without any of the contents changing from the original late s versions. As an alternative to this more literary approach for these two grades, entirely new texts were published with shorter, simpler readings with the titles of Parades and More Parades for the seventh grade and Panoramas and More Panoramas for the eighth grade. In , Wide Wide World was published for the seventh grade and held a wide range of longer literary selections from authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson and Rudyard Kipling. In the middle s, the New Basic Readers underwent heavy revision. The books had a larger page size, new updated artwork, some shortened stories from previous editions and a very large portion of new stories. Dick, Jane, and Sally also were a bit older and a bit more sophisticated.
Once a beloved teaching tool, Dick and Jane was later denounced as dull, counterproductive, and even misogynistic. A former teacher from Laporte, Ind. Gray with an idea that would change the face of American literacy. So Sharp proposed a collection of short stories that would each introduce a handful of new words. And—critically—these characters would appear in simple illustrations designed to help connect a given word with its definition. Gray loved the concept. Under his guidance, Sharp developed a core cast:
Schade das Berlin soweit weg ist. In manchen Dingen steckt man leider nicht drin, so wie in dir. Du bist eine atemberaubende Schönheit. Ich würde gerne mal einen Tag und Nacht lang deine Löcher vollspritzen.