The Straw Man. A Health Play. Three Acts.
New York: Health Education Department, Dairymen's League Co-Operative Association, Inc., (n. d.). Second edition. Circa 1930. 15,  pp. 22 x 14 cm. Yellow-tan wrappers printed in blue, stapled. Two half-tone illustrations from photographs. Minor foxing and soiling to first and last leaves and occasional margins. Very Good.
A promotional play for the Dairymen's League, featuring a Straw Man who appears to owe a great deal to the scarecrow character in the Wizard of Oz, in that he dances, sings, drinks and eats, but whose motto instead might be, "If I only had a glass of milk." The plot follows a group of children who decide to play with the initially inert Straw Man in a cornfield on the way to school one day in autumn, including by offering him a drink of milk. After one sip, Straw Man begins to come to life; when the children return from school, where they have learned all about the positive effects of a healthy diet, they give him a lunch of vegetables and milk to eat, and he dances in gratitude and leaves while the children sing goodbye to him. Six months later, Straw Man returns as an unrecognizable, healthy young man, and he and the children sing, "Drinking milk will make us happy, / Drinking milk will make us strong...."
Scarce. OCLC locates one copy of this edition at the University of Kansas, and one copy which we presume is the first edition at Harvard.