|Here Come the Girl Scouts! The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey, illustrated by Hadley Hooper. New York: Scholastic Press, 2012.|
I received this wonderful present a couple of days ago. The beautiful Robyn of Pen Pals & Picture Books mailed me her review copy! (Thank you, thank you, thank you, sweet Robyn!) Big Sis, as I've mentioned before, is a second-year Daisy Scout. We're in the last week of cookie sales around here, and I'm starting to sweat the boxes we have left. (Must. Sell. Cookies.)
March is Women's History Month, and as a mother of two daughters, I thought this book would be a fabulous starting point for a feature on nonfiction books about women in history. Here Come the Girl Scouts! is about Juliette Gordon Low, known as "Daisy" to her friends and family. Daisy was a very unconventional woman. She believed in adventure, fresh air, exercise, and learning to do things for herself. In 1912, wanting to make a lasting mark on the world, she founded what became the Girl Scouts of America. Obviously, this one held a lot of interest for us going in. It turned out to be even better than we expected! Hadley Hooper's illustrations are gorgeous, and Shana Corey's text is informative and highly readable.
There are quotes from the original Girl Scout handbook sprinkled throughout the book, such as the one on the blue "ribbon" pictured here:
Some amazing facts about Daisy: she took lessons from a blacksmith in order to forge her own gate for her house, she traveled all over the world, and she once sneaked out of a dinner party to go fishing with none other than Rudyard Kipling!
Even the final pages of the book, where Corey writes a more in-depth history, remained interesting to both of my girls, who are 7 and 5.
Shana Corey has written several other books about great women in history, and I'm sure we'll be reading a few more of hers this month. I have a few books here at home, and a few more coming from the library, so I hope to pepper the blog with lots of women's history this month!
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