6.11.2012

Here Come the Girl Scouts!


This post is part of Nonfiction Monday 
hosted today by Shelf-employed

(pub. 1.1.2012)  40 pages 

A True Tale with A Cherry On Top

A uthor: Shana Corey
     and Illustrator:  Hadley Hooper

haracter: Juliette Gordon Low

O verview from the jacket flap: 

      "Juliette Gordon Low - Daisy to her friends and family - was not like most girls of the Victoria era.
       Prim and proper? BOSH!
       Dainty and delicate? HOW BORING!
       Daisy loved the outdoors, and she yearned for adventure! Born into a family of pathfinders and pioneers, she too wanted to make a difference in the world - and nothing would stop her.
       Combining her ancestors' passion for service with her own adventurous spirits and her belief that girls could do anything, she founded the Girl Scouts..."
        
T antalizing taste: 

   "Daisy wanted more than adventure. She wanted to be useful, to make a difference in the world. But what could SHE do?
     Then one day, Daisy discovered a group in England called the Boy Scouts. It had begun as a way for boys to help serve their country. And the Boy Scouts spent lots of time outdoors - running and camping and swimming and fishing There was even a sister group called the Girl Guides. The more Daisy learned, the more excited she grew.
     Why, the girls in America should have something like this! Daisy thought.
          
and something more: When I was growing up, I was in a group similar to the Girl Scouts --Blue Birds and then Camp Fire Girls. I remember the thrill of earning a "bead" to sew onto my vest after I accomplished one of the skills or projects.  Until I just looked at the Camp Fire USA site, I had forgotten the slogan of WoHeLo (work, health and love). I also remember wishing we had those yummy cookies (especially Thin Mints) to sell for fundraising, as the Girl Scouts did, instead of mixed nuts. Definitely a tougher sell!

"Many of the greatest movements for the good of people, and those which have influenced the world most, have been the work of one person."  And Juliette Gordon Low certainly influenced a world of girls.

4 comments:

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Hi there Jeanne! This isn't the first time I've seen a glowing review of this book. This was quite popular, I recalled, during Women's month, last March, and I've been meaning to find this as well for our Girl Power theme previously. I loved your review, convinces me even more to search for the book.

shelf-employed said...

Thanks for participating in today's Nonfiction Monday roundup. I love Shana Corey's book and the Girl Scouts, too!

Tara said...

To be useful and to make a difference...our girls need to read about women like this! Thank you for sharing this title today.

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Thanks for stopping by! Yes, it's great when books are published showing strong role models for girls.