Read most of a 1928 Australian edition
of the Kotex booklet Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday, and read three mid-1930s booklets by Kotex, including a much-changed
version of Marjorie May's twelfth Birthday.
Read Lynn Peril's series about
these and similar booklets.
Modess puberty, menarche & menstruation booklet
Growing Up and Liking It: Andrea & Friends
This Growing Up and Liking It is one of
a series of booklets with the same title to tell menarcheal girls what is
happening or about to happen to their bodies, about menstruation as well
as other developments.
Judy Blume's famous book Are You There, God? It's
Me, Margaret, copyrighted in 1970, seems to have influenced the colloquial
and bold manner of Andrea & Friends, just as it has other booklets for
girls. But more immediate influences were the 1972
& 1976 Growing Up booklets, which also employed
three girls, one a know-it-all, one shy and one very busy - only the names
were changed to protect the innocent (to borrow from an old radio program).
Girls reading the booklets in school wouldn't have known this.
Compared with the similar booklets from the 1920s
and 1930s, it is much more colloquial.
Below: Back & front covers. Each page
of the booklet measures 5 1/4 x 8 1/2" (13.5 x 21.5 cm).
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