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Book Review – The Daring Book for Girls

Posted Aug 26 2008 11:36pm

I was asked by Mothertalk to review a new book written by their co-founders, Andrea Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz.


I immediately like The Daring Book For Girlsbecause of its old fashioned feel. A hard back with a scratchy cover the title is outlined in glittery silver ink. There is a tactile element to books that is often overlooked, don’t you think?

Since the publication of, The Dangerous Book for Boys,last year, mothers of girls have been looking for a companion volume. This just might be it. The book’s website proclaims:

For every girl with an independent spirit, here is the guide to everything from school yard games to great women in history! The Daring Book for Girls is the essential manual for everything that girls need to know—and that doesn't mean sewing buttonholes! Whether readers consider themselves girly-girls, brainiacs, athletes, or a little bit of everything, this book is the girl's invitation to 21st century adventure.

I actually was delighted with it and felt it has a place in every parent’s library – mother of girls or not. Its not just about “girly” activities though entries include: "How to Tie a Sari" and "Making A Cloth Covered Book". The book also includes: "Building a Campfire"; "Greek and Latin Word Roots" and "Making a Willow Whistle".

I particularly like the stories scattered throughout the book of strong women: firsts for women, women leaders and women scientists. I’m torn between sending my review copy to my 11 year-old niece and keeping it for myself and my son. He’s old enough to enjoy many of the activities and young enough to not be able to read the title.

You can buy it on Amazon or at your favorite book store soon.




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