Hardcover binding is firm and hinges are not cracked or damaged. Pages are tight, crisp and clean. Boards and DJ have light shelfwear and rubbing. Pictorial covers still glossy. As New. 231 pages. HardCover Binding. Year: 1989. ISBN: 0. The lessons in this book have been designed to be used by teachers, paraprofessionals, tutors, home visitors, and parents or other family members. Before a child learns to read, many things are needed which will help develop the skills, attitudes and understandings that provide early success in reading. None of these lessons require any special materials-they are all available in every home and are designed to focus on the development of things our young children need to know before formal reading instruction is begun.