Beautiful Girlhood by Mable Hale was written in 1922 with the following stated purpose:
This little book is born of a desire to help and encourage our girls who are struggling with the problems that come up in teens. Youth has its problems, its heartaches, and disappointments. It is not always a smooth path to the perfection of womanhood.
If what I have written should help some girl to a nobler life and truer ideals, then I shall feel that it has accomplished the task I have set for it to do. – Mable Hale, Beautiful Girlhood
Undoubtedly Beautiful Girlhood will be considered “quaint” in our fast-paced society. But as “there is nothing new under the sun,” it is still a good, wholesome read for our daughters as they make the transition from girlhood to womanhood. Topics covered include:
- understanding the changes going on in and around her
- building character
- real beauty
- Christian life
- quiet time
- and many others
Many times our young people are left to navigate the waters from young people to adult alone, or with peers who are facing the same struggles themselves. By providing our young people food for thought, time to think about the persons they wish to become, opportunities to set life goals, and examples to follow, we help them find a foundation on which to build for the rest of their lives.
I can have no better wish and prayer for you than that you may arrive in due time into the glorious state of womanhood with hearts pure and hands clean. Good women are needed everywhere, and the call for them will never grow faint. There will always be responsible places in life to be filled by women who are true and noble. Their price is above rubies; that is, their worth is more than all the riches of this world.
Beautiful Girlhood is available free online.