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First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  135 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts in 2012, a lavishly illustrated account of the fascinating life of the woman who started it all. Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low was a remarkable woman with ideas that were ahead of her time. She witnessed important eras in U.S. history, from the Civil War and Reconstruction to westward expansion to post–World War I. An ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 6th 2012 by Clarion Books (first published December 6th 2011)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low's life is a wonderful example of how you can find your passion late in life and still make a big difference in the world. She was a very talented and energetic lady, but she frittered away her early years with dilettantism and made a bad marriage that left her widowed but wealthy. It wasn't until she was over fifty that she was inspired by Sir Robert Baden-Powell to bring the Girl Guides program (later renamed Girl Scouts) to the United States. Once she'd finally foun ...more
S.N. Arly
This is a great book for those who want to know more about "Daisy" Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts in the USA.

This gives a good look at the entire life of Daisy, which really helps understand how Girl Scouts got started when it did, and how the organization has always had a fairly liberal, inclusive, and feminist bend. You can also see how the program has always served girls who did not come from privileged families, and where some of our modern day traditions come from (snack,
Apr 09, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
Born into a well-to-do, influential family, Juliette(Daisy)Gordon received her formal education in a New York boarding school, but she also spent much of her free time outdoors, climbing trees, canoeing, swimming, and hiking. She was close to her family, and often put on plays and painted. Since her mother was born in the North and her father fought for the Confederates during the Civil War, Daisy encountered different perspectives on the issues of the time. After her marriage to a wealthy Briti ...more
Amber Bush
Dec 04, 2014 Amber Bush rated it liked it
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Wadsworth, G. (2012). First girl scout: The life of Juliette Gordon Low. New York: Clarion Books.

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This book combined historical texts and illustrations that documented the life of Juliette Gordon Low, or Daisy, as she made history in establishing an organization for girls around the world to join to become not only more independent individuals, but to expose them to life outside of what was considered the norm for that time. I saw this book and was surpris
Jan 07, 2012 Deanna rated it really liked it
An interesting biography of the founder of the Girl Scouts in the U.S.
The book is filled with photos, songs and music. letters and diary entries which make it an engaging read. However, I think it may have a limited audience as those not interested in Scouts might be loathe to pick this one up without strong encouragement. Suggested for the whole age range and especially those looking for a good read about a feisty (if disorganized) go-getter. Suggested for grades 5 - 8.
Rachel Barnard
Dec 08, 2014 Rachel Barnard rated it liked it
Shelves: libs642, junior-log

This book is written about the founder of the infamous Girl Scouts society we have here in America. With the rise of feminism she felt the need to encourage young ladies to take over their lives and make a name for their selves. She encouraged these girls to not only to excel in home making but to also be main players in the professional world. The explanation of how the organization begun sets close to home because many Americans have either joined or have family members that have maki
Dec 16, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
I have read other biographies of Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low, so all I was hoping from this book was a few new pieces of information. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of new insight I gained about one of my greatest heroes, Daisy Low.

The book gives a summary of her ancestry, childhood, and early life, then delves more specifically into her work founding the Girl Scouts of America. I enjoyed details such as when the first troops for girls with disabilities, and troops for African American
Dana Davis-avants
Mar 11, 2012 Dana Davis-avants rated it really liked it
Juliette Gordon Low, known as Daisy, was a feisty and progressive woman who
came from a high society family in Savannah, Georgia and was the founder of the Girl Scouts in 1912. Wadsworth’s First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low not only celebrates the
the 100th birthday of Girls Scouts in the United States, but chronicles the life of a great, well educated and fearless woman who lived through the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I. Low did have a few issues such as dea
Apr 16, 2012 Coralee rated it really liked it
What a beautiful book about an amazing woman. I became WAY more engrossed in this book about the founder of Girl Scouts than I thought I would. Juliette Gordon Low (Daisy) defies, in my opinion, all the stereotypes of ultra privileged women at the turn of the century. She grew up in mansions, entertaining royalty and presidents, yet she had spunk and loved to get her hands dirty. My favorite quotes from the book:

"Many people felt that hiking and rigorous sports such as basketball were too strenu
Annie Oosterwyk
I am not a girl scout, but I am a fan of their cookies.
This is a terrific biography of a woman who lived through important historic events and went on to make a lasting difference in the lives of many young women.
There are many photos of people and places to add interest to an already exciting life. Perfect amount of detail for a middle/high school aged audience, but I would love to read an adult version of this book that focused more on Low's life abroad and travels.
Mar 08, 2012 Carrie rated it it was amazing
As a Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts of the USA and First Class Girl Scout, I'm fascinated by all things Juliette Gordon Low. This new book explores her life in great depth, written by a woman who still gets together with members from her childhood Scout troop.

"Daisy" grew up climing trees, swimming in rivers, and hiking over mountains. She attended boarding schools in Virginia and NYC, and knew she was more fortunate than most girls. Never having children of her own, she reached out to her
Hannah Jefferson
Oct 14, 2013 Hannah Jefferson rated it really liked it
This book was informative without reading like a textbook. It is a complete biography of Juliette Gordon Low; instead of just focusing on her work founding the Girl Scouts, it includes the background of her life before doing so and what motivated her to do it.

Besides the look into Low's life, this book contains numerous historical lessons and opportunities for discussion. These range from the lack of antibiotics in the 1800s (mentioned at the time in the book of sister Alice's death of scarlet f
Jun 22, 2012 Susan marked it as to-read
Shelves: reference
Review by: Susan Overton

Biographical Reference

The First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low

Wadsworth, G. (2012). The first girl scout: The life of juliette gordon low. New York, NY: Clarion Books.

Call Number: JB Low

Price: $17.99
Relevance and Relationship: This book is a biography of a woman who was the first Girl Scout

Purpose: This book provides students with an excellent role model who established a goal and made the goal a reality.

Format: This book is in print.

Arrangement and Presenta
Penny Peck
Mar 03, 2012 Penny Peck rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-ya
Wadsworth has written a biography that is as exciting as the life of her subject - Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts in the U.S. The book design is amazing - Clarion Books holds the high standard that other children/tween history and biography books should follow, with expansive pages in a good-sized typeface, lots of illustrative materials including plenty of photos, page decorations, and backmatter including source notes, index, timeline, and substantial bibliography. JGL, or Dai ...more
May 06, 2014 Christie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, bio
I really enjoyed reading about Juliette's life. I wish one day I am half as influential as she was. I really only wish after reading this that my girl scout experience was better. I very much enjoyed this book and will take it with me.
Nov 14, 2011 Renee rated it liked it
First Girl Scout tells the entire life story of Juliette Gordon Low. It is a very visually pleasing book with lots of photos, nice layout, and eye catching cover. Each chapter's title is shown as a Scout badge.

This title is being advertised for ages 9 and up but I would not give this book to a child so young as we do learn about Juliette's husband having a mistress. I think because of that incident being included, the book should be reserved for middle school students and older. Although written
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Jan 17, 2016 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Lots of pictures. Should be on your shelf if you are invested in scouts. Especially liked the parts about the early scouts.
Susannah Goldstein
Aug 06, 2013 Susannah Goldstein rated it liked it
Shelves: youth-nonfiction
I'm a little mixed on this one. The design was flawless-- very engaging, and thematic without distracting the reader. The book is very well-researched, and the photographs really add to the content. However, I thought the narrative rambled a little it, and there was far too much of the pre-Juliette years of her parents' lives. Additionally, the book didn't really delve into the class issue as much as I would've liked-- it is very clear that the only way Juliette was able to accomplish so much wa ...more
Kim Faires
Apr 14, 2015 Kim Faires rated it liked it
It was interesting to see the roots of the Girl Scouts and the woman who brought them to national status.
Ms. B
Aug 04, 2012 Ms. B rated it liked it
This biography about Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927), founder of the Girl Scouts in the United States, is best for older students. Scout leaders may also enjoy reading parts of it (especially parts about Juliette's childhood) to their younger troop members.
Juliette Gordon Low was quite the woman. She was the opposite ends of the spectrum. Knew how to be thrifty and go without, yet at the same time host lavish dinner parties for kings and presidents. Lost most of her hearing by 30 and remained as
Nov 12, 2013 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, nonfiction
Heavily researched, solid book about the life of Juliette Gordon Low. Has lots of quotes and photographs on nearly every page. Gives a detailed portrait of her parents first, with brief explanation of Civil War as backdrop to her early childhood; this might put off some younger readers who want to get "right to the story" of Juliette, but it lays a nice groundwork. Well written, not especially lyrical but matter-of-fact and has an affectionate tone. I learned a ton about her from this book, and ...more
Mar 21, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2014-new
Dec 26, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it
I don't think I learned anything NEW from this book (I've read a lot of Juliette Low material before), but it is well-written and interesting to read. It's also physically a lovely book -- a square hardcover, 8 or 9 inches wide, with plenty of pictures. I suspect it's meant to mimic a Girl Scout handbook. There are pictures I hadn't seen before included, as well as historical photos not necessarily specific to the Gordons/Lows, but still interesting.
Craig Adamson
Feb 14, 2016 Craig Adamson marked it as to-read
Described in WSJ 2-11-2012

interesting biography
Nov 25, 2012 Brianna rated it liked it
This is the problem with reading biographies of people that you admire: you might learn something about them that disappoints you. By no fault of the author, this biography was disappointing because I learned things about Juliette Gordon Low that I wish I didn't know. Bummer.

Full review forthcoming on
The Library Lady
Feb 16, 2012 The Library Lady rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Girl Scouts Past and Present
Interesting and well researched and nicely designed. There is a lot of background history and details that will make this a less inviting read for younger girls. Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts might enjoy this and any adult working with Girl Scouts or with fond memories of being a Scout would find this interesting.
Mar 10, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
An extremely well-told story; I found myself moved emotionally by it. I'm looking forward to sharing what I learned with my Daisy daughter. I have a much stronger appreciation for my time in Girl Scouts now that I've learned the history and the story of the singularly driven woman behind it all.
Mar 31, 2013 Barb rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. Juliette Gordon Low and her Family led incredibly fascinating lives. Being friends with US Presidents, Kings and Queen's of England. Then they decide to do something to better all girls, and not for personal gain. Wonderful.
Jul 30, 2014 Peggy rated it it was ok
The book was ok. Read like a report. Magazine length article could have told this story. But, I loved Girl Scouts and Juliette Low was a strong woman with a kind, fun loving heart and a great leader. I loved how everything was for her girls.
Jul 12, 2011 Betsy rated it really liked it
One Sentence Review: A surprisingly in-depth portrait of a worthy woman (the sugar candies from Sherman were a particularly fascinating detail) who stood apart from the pack.
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