Back in 1986, Pleasant Company sold only three dolls -- Kirsten, Samantha, and Molly. The inside insert and backcover of each book were changed every time a new doll was introduced. Here is how the books evolved from 1986 to 2002:
A few years after Pleasant Company was founded they moved locations. The addresses are different on the copyright pages of the books. The earliest editions (without book numbers on the spine or cover) is 7 North Pinckney Street in Madison, Wisconsin. The later editions are 8400 Fairway Place in Middleton, Wisconsin. Much thanks to Jennifer M. for this discovery!
Each character has a different color, symbol, and sillhouette assigned to them; the binding helps you find their books easier when they are all in a bookshelf.
|Light Blue||Dark Green||Red||Light Brown||Dark Brown||Burgandy||Purple||Teal||Dark Blue||Orange|
I have not seen a book changed more times than Meet Molly has. I have seen four different versions! The first version was published in 1986, the second published in 1989 (with completely new illustrations), the third version has the same illustrations as the second book, but a new cover with blue binding. The new fourth version has the cover changed yet again.
First edition of Meet Molly(1986).
|Second edition. (1989)||2004 version||Current version (2005)|
Here is an example of the old versus new illustrations:
|Illustration by C.F. Payne||Illustration by Nick Backes|
As far as I know, three of the historical character's books now have completely new illustrations. These are Addy, Samantha, and Molly. The changes mostly took place in 1998. Felicity's illustrations were altered only to change the color of Elizabeth Cole's hair from brunette to blonde in 2005.
I have compiled all the illustrations from the stories and created page-by-page comparisons to view the differences. I did this mainly by utilizing the Los Angeles Public Library system and driving around to the various branches to locate the correct editions.