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Fireside Stories for Girls in Their Teens   By: (1878-)

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FIRESIDE STORIES FOR GIRLS IN THEIR TEENS

by

MARGARET W. EGGLESTON

Instructor in Story Telling, School of Religious Education and Social Service, Boston University

Author of "The Use of the Story in Religious Education," Etc.

New York George H. Doran Company

Copyright, 1921, by George H. Doran Company

Printed in the United States of America

TO THE GIRLS OF KEEWAYDIN CAMP FIRE OF CLEVELAND AND ICACAYA CAMP FIRE OF BOSTON

FOREWORD

"Given a Camp fire, a group of friendly girls and a good story teller who knows and loves the girls, and the ideals of a whole community may be lifted in a night."

The teen age girl is a great problem and at the same time a great opportunity. Her ideals seem low, yet there is no time in her life when she will more gladly follow a great ideal. She seems fickle, yet she is putting her friends to a test that is most worth while. She is misunderstood and she can not understand herself. She is searching for something, yet she does not know what it is.

Her problems are many, and most of them she must solve alone. If she follows the crowd and goes in the way of least resistance, there is a big chance that she will fall by the way. If she does not follow the crowd, it is because somewhere, some time, she has found a compelling ideal and is following it. Sometimes that ideal comes to her in the form of a friend. Sometimes she is fortunate enough to have found that ideal in her mother. But often and often it comes to her through a little story that lives with her, and works for her, and helps her to hold to the best, in spite of the manifold temptations to do otherwise.

Recently I met a young woman whom I had seen only once and that was twelve years ago. She came to me after a service and said, "Will you tell Van Dyke's 'Lump of Clay' to night? Twelve years ago I heard you tell it. I was so discouraged at the time, for everything seemed going wrong and life seemed so useless. But I dropped into a church and heard you tell the story. You have no idea what it has done for me. I am teaching in the college near by and I should like to have my girls hear the story. Perhaps they need it as I did."

Many of the workers with girls have seen this need and have wanted to meet it and yet have been unable to find the story that was needed by the girl. It is because of this very need in my own work that I am sending out these stories, most of which I have told over and over to my girls. Many of them have been written because of special problems that needed to be met problems peculiar to adolescence problems found in every class and club of girls the country over.

The stories are not to amuse, for we have no time to amuse girls in the story hour. We have little enough time, at the best, for implanting ideals and every story hour should leave a vital message. That is the thing the girls want and why should we give them less.

The stories are not to be read. They need the personal touch, the sympathetic voice, the freedom of eye that tells the story teller which girls are finding the message of the story. Some of them will hurt but experience has shown me that these are the very ones that one has to tell over and over. Can you imagine the Master reading to the groups gathered about him the stories that you and I love to read in his word? When you go into the heart life of a girl, let all your personality help you to carry the message. It was the Master's way of story telling.

"'Twas only a little story, Yet it came like a ray of light; And it gave to the girl who heard it Real courage to do the right."

CONTENTS

PAGE I Would Be True 15 The Appeal to the Great Spirit 22 A Parable of Girlhood 29 The House of Truth 32 Marked for a Mast 39 Her Need 44 The Message of the Mountain 47 The Winning of an Honor 51 Daddy Gray's Test 56 Wanted A Real Mother 61 The Fir Tree and the Willow Wand 69 The Two Searchers 73 Why Elizabeth Was Chosen 77 Janie's School Days 81 Self Made Men 89 On The Road to Womanhood 92 Her Prayer 97 The Best Day 105 In the Way 108 An Old, Old Story 114 His Debt 119 How Kagigegabo Became a Brave 123 The White Flower of Happiness 129 The Speaking Picture 134 The Quest 138 The Treasure 141

FIRESIDE STORIES FOR GIRLS IN THEIR TEENS

I WOULD BE TRUE

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