I too had the Golden Book Children's Encyclopedia, which my parents bought. That I enjoyed. What I heartily hated every minute of was "Dick and Jane."
"The Boats Go."
What the hell? That's a story?
How about, "The German ME-109 sank the boat and strafed Dick and Jane and Spot and Pony and left their pieces to the sharks".
Now that I could have thoroughly enjoyed!
Posted by Bob Wallace, who hopes Pony went to the glue factory.