Dime Store Days

Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Award

A nostalgic look at a typical Five & Dime from the 1950s and 1960s. A fun book for all ages.


Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Award

A nostalgic look at a typical Five & Dime from the 1950s and 1960s. For those of you too young to remember, the Five & Dime was the precursor to super stores like Walmart and Target. Small town America at it’s best–you could buy fabric, cards, notebooks, fantastic toys, shampoo and a myriad of products plus, get a soda or root beer float at the lunch counter! A fun book for all ages.

What People Say

“Growing up, my father would tell me stories of when his parents would take him to Clark’s Five & Dime on Main Street when he was a little boy. He would look at toys, check out all the candy, and maybe get a small treat. He would tell me stories of sweet Mrs. Clark and how caring she was of the youngsters. This book takes you back to that time, back to a simpler time in history, back to where a lot of us wish we were today.                                              —Scott Edwards, Mayor, City of Hurricane

Jane Foster has written a delightful story that takes the reader into an American small-town institution of the past—the “Dime Store.” Her descriptions bring to mind colorful, cheerful pictures and memories of a by-gone era. Young readers are given an opportunity to experience a taste of American history that was so valuable to the people of every small town, and for others, it will bring a smile of remembrance to their faces.”

Vicki Hall, Elementary and Early Childhood Teacher 1970-1984 (Mason County, WV), Sunnyside Elementary School Principal 1984-1990 (Apple Grove, WV), Roosevelt Elementary School Principal 1990-2007 (Pt. Pleasant, WV)

Year Published



Jane Foster






7 x 10

Other Details

Illustrated by Ashley Teets



2 reviews for Dime Store Days

  1. Raymond Peak, former mayor of Hurricane for forty years

    “My daughters and I have read this book and thought it was superb. I raised my family in Hurricane and recall taking my children to Clark’s Dime Store on many occasions.”

  2. Ashley Tetzlaff for Readers’ Favorite

    In Dime Store Days, Jane Foster takes us back to a simpler time when folks would socialize and shop at their local Five and Dime. The book is based on a real store, as one of the comments at the beginning of the book shows: “I… recall taking my children to Clark’s Dime Store on many occasions.” The story is told in rhyme: mostly AABB, though a couple times you get an ABACC (for those of you who pay attention to that sort of thing). The illustrations are much in the style that you would see in books of the era of the Five and Dime – sweet children, tall and slender folks, ’50s hues. A lovely little book overall.

    The cover of Jane Foster’s book, Dime Store Days, really grabbed my attention when I saw it. The cover reminded me of the type of books I read at my grandparents’ house as a little girl. Ashley Teets sure did a great job bringing the book to life, both on the cover and inside Dime Store Days. The story was easy to read. I really appreciated the rhyming factor. There were a couple words I had never heard of before, but that only added to the quaintness of the tale in a charming way. Between the amazing descriptions by Jane and the colorful illustrations by Ashley, I felt like I was back in time, enjoying all the sights, sounds, and tastes of that little Five and Dime. I think this is a great book to show to older relatives/friends to get them to reminisce about their earlier years, as well a tool to teach the younger generation about days gone by.

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About the Author

Award winning author, Jane Foster, taught elementary school for 38 years, and then taught reading on a part-time basis at the elementary school level for five years after retirement. She is a member of Risen King Church and the Kanawha Valley Doll Club. Jane’s first children’s book is Dime Store Days and is a Mom’s Choice Award Recipient. She writes doll articles for Antique Doll Magazine, Doll News Magazine, and has written for Doll Collector (formerly Contemporary Doll) Magazine. Jane and her husband live in her native town of Hurricane, West Virginia.