The model of industry described in “To Our Young Female Readers” of Parley’s Magazine probably wasn’t meant to be followed literally; but the virtue of work was a theme often expressed in works for children of the time.
“To Our Young Female Readers” (from Parley’s Magazine, February 1836; p. 51)

A lady over 81 years of age, who lives in Barnstable County in Mass. has lately spun, in 9 weeks, 146 skeins of stocking yarn of superior quality; which is more than 16 skeins a week; or almost 3 a day. This, says the Barnstable Journal, is an example worthy the notice of some of the young misses of the present time.

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