Story: Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene

1969 health reader

Simple textbooks called health readers were issued to schoolchildren to educate them about cleanliness. This 1969 health reader was aimed at primary-school children and uses simple language and basic illustrations to inculcate regular hand-washing. Writing in the first person ('I have two hands...') would have made young readers identify more closely with the messages. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: K. M. Thomas, Health readers book 2. Wellington: A. H. & A. W. Reed,1969, pp. 10-13 (B-K-1014)
Artwork by R. Thomas

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene - Bathing and personal hygiene', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013