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Penny Colman
Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America

Ages 9 and Up

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GIRLS: A HISTORY OF GROWING UP FEMALE
IN AMERICA

When author, Penny Colman [noted for her picture research and photography] began gathering material for this book, she asked people what they wanted to know about growing up female in America. "The answers I got ranged from 'anything and everything!' to questions such as: What sports did girls play? What kind of books did girls read? What was considered appropriate behavior for girls?"

Drawing on diaries, memoirs, letters, household manuals, magazines, advice books, novels, advertisements, lyrics and visits to historic sites, libraries and museums, Penny Colman tells the story of America from individual girls' perspectives. She begins with "Understanding Gender" and explores "Girls in the Early Colonial Period" through the approach of the new millennium.

This narrated account of real people is interspersed with exceptional vintage and unique photographs, handbill advertisements, illustrations, journal entries, samplers, fraktur art and more recent photographs of today's girls.

GIRLS: A HISTORY OF GROWING UP FEMALE
IN AMERICA is a stirring, inspirational and empowering collection of true stories for girls and women of all ages.