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Jane Read is a character from the Arthur picture books and TV series. She is Arthur, D.W. and Kate's mother and David's wife.

She is voiced by Sonja Ball in the cartoon and Jennifer Hewitt in the computer games Arthur's Teacher Trouble and Arthur's Birthday.

Background

As a child, Jane presumably lived on the farm of her father Dave (since it's been said that he's lived on it for a long time). It is known that she met and began dating David in her high school years. In addition to her children, husband and father, she has many other relatives, which includes a brother named Fred, a sister named Lucy, brother-in-law Sean, sisters-in-law Bonnie and Loretta, her mother-in-law Thora Read, nephews named George and Ricky, nieces named Cora and Monique along with a third unnamed niece, her great-grandfather Gustav and an unnamed great-grandmother, her great-great uncle Matthew, and several unnamed in-laws and other relatives. Mr. Rogers (who makes an appearance in the episode "Arthur Meets Mr. Rogers" in the form of an anthropomorphic aardvark), claims he knew Jane when she was a child.

Appearance

Jane Read is an anthropomorphic aardvark with tan skin, round black eyes and shaggy brown hair. Her outfit consists of a pink sweater, a white shirt that is tucked into her blue jeans, and white shoes with have purple loops. She wears a red scarf, yellow shirt, blue shorts, white socks and brown boots.

Original appearance

Like the other members of her family, she originally had a long snout like a real life aardvark in the book "Arthur's Nose", but starting with the books released in the '80s, these were gradually shortened until they eventually became completely flat. In the books, she also wore a variety of different clothes of different colors.

Appearances in Living Books

Jane has appeared in the Living Books computer games based on Arthur, and had a different appearance than in the cartoon in both Arthur's Teacher Trouble and Arthur's Birthday: In the former, she had light brown skin and orange hair and sometimes sported a straight hairstyle instead of a shaggy one as in the cartoon and books, and in the latter, she had light skin and light brown hair. A possible out-of-universe explanation for these differences from the cartoon and books is the color and tone limitations of 16-bit computer graphics.

Character

Jane is a loving mother towards all three of her kids and has their best interests at heart. Despite that, she sometimes seems to be annoyed by Arthur, D.W. and Kate's actions and is also firmer with them than David is, particularly with Arthur, like when he and D.W. get into fights. Despite this, she and her husband don't appear to be very good at disciplining D.W., as they usually (but not always) either don't punish or punish her to an insufficient degree when she does something wrong, and Jane usually ignores Arthur when he tells her D.W. is bothering him.

The episode "Pick a Car, Any Car" implies that Jane may also have a more greedy selfish facet to her personality when she imagines herself leaving behind her husband and children to pursue her own interests. Also, in "Revenge of the Chip", she humiliates her daughther D.W. by sending an embarassing story about her to reporter Bitzi Baxter, which caused D.W. to break out in tears at the humiliation.

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