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The Daring Book for Girls (Daring Books for Girls)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  2,564 ratings  ·  319 reviews
The Daring Book for Girls is the manual for everything that girls need to know—and that doesn't mean sewing buttonholes! Whether it's female heroes in history, secret note-passing skills, science projects, friendship bracelets, double dutch, cats cradle, the perfect cartwheel or the eternal mystery of what boys are thinking, this book has it all. But it's not just a guide ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Collins Publishers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jami Dwyer
It's a shame that the "For Boys" author decided to arbitrarily divvy up childhood fun by gender. I considered these as Christmas presents for a niece and a nephew, but perusing them in the store, I could not justify telling a girl that her job is to make friendship bracelets while her brother makes the model rockets. All the activities in both books looked fun, but one's quantity of X chromosomes really shouldn't factor into whether one enjoys skipping stones or not.
Every girl between the ages of about 8 and 14 should have this on her shelf. What other book contains a bio on Amelia Earhart, instructions on how to make peach pit rings and cat's cradle, the periodic table, and slumber party games? The ultimate guide for the 21st century girl because of its balance between erudition and fun, and the book most likely to be handed down to her daughter.

A note re: some of the other comments: if you read the portions of the book some others refer to as "supernatura
This book is more for parents who wish to take a trip down memory lane, back to the fun times in their childhood. But give it to a girl older than eight, it's going to be a huge disappointment. Not to mention slightly insulting.

Tag? Four Square? Double Dutch? Putting my hair up with a pencil? Snowballs? Really? That's daring? All these things have been done and is old news by the age of eight, at the most. The book sticks to much to the stereotypes for girls and talks down slightly to the reader
While the Dangerous Book for Boys truly was dangerous--it goes against the grain of popular wisdom on how boys should be--and indeed for boys--audaciously confirming that masculinity is okay for boys--the "daring" counterpart for girls is neither daring nor quintessentially feminine in the sense parallel to the zesty masculinity of the original. Instead, it tries too hard to be a girl's version of the original, seeming to go out of its way to show that girls can be both boys and girls too.

The p
At first I thought I would love this book, since we love The Dangerous Book for boys. However, after looking at it further and seeing the sections on: Conjuring up the spirit of Bloody Mary, Palm reading, Levitation, and Summoning spirits... It will not be a book I will let me girls have and keep in my home. I don't know why they had to include this garbage.

I did like the idea of the book, and found something similar on the Bargain shelf at Barnes and Noble a couple weeks ago, that was reprinte
Before Julia Childs was a chef, she was a spy?

I don't really expect Rebecca to pick up this book and do the activities herself, but right now, I love reading it and teaching her some of the things I missed as a kid and some of my favorite things. I also thought the authors did a good job collecting a large variety of activities, showing what a girl can do, and not telling a girl what they should do.

Now my job is to make sure Rebecca has enough free time to try out the things she wishes to do and is not over-scheduled with extracurricular a
Dec 31, 2007 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades 4-5, Adults
Shelves: young-adult
Well this book has some very cool biographies about important women who have helped shape history, sandwiched between articles on the "History of Palm Reading" and "How to Frost a Cake." This eclectic mix won't appeal to most girls and might offend some. The text is written above the target audience level, making it appropriate for only confident readers in grades 4 & 5.

The text heavy articles wouldn't appeal to many of the students at my middle school, and I can't use it as a source for re
this is a fun way to figure out something to do today its a good book and has a bunch of interesting things to read about. i recomend it to all girls who get bored during the day
I didn't "read" this per se. I went through the whole book and only read the chapters that interested me. It's a rather large book, so I think it would keep a young girl interested for a long period of time. It's a book she could refer to as she ages since the activities and articles vary in difficulty and age appropriateness. If I had a daughter I would definitely buy this for her bookshelf. It covers a wide variety of subjects and projects (sports, games, crafts, experiments, and stories). Her ...more
Marissa Garcia
Girls are given a marvelous, widely varied manual on making their daring endeavors happen in this engaging non-fiction read. Learn everything from how to tie a sari, make daisy chains and ivy crowns, and about princesses today, to how to make a lemon-powered clock, change a tire, care for your softball glove, and what should be in every girl's toolbox. Giving the reigns to girls in deciding what unique mix of interests they choose to explore, this celebration of adventure and fun, technology fre ...more
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I would have loved this book when I was growing up! But flicking through it as an adult, there are definitely bits that I can still appreciate. (Namely: how to change a tyre, ho ho. Wish I'd known that last week.) I think this is a book that will grow with a girl -- for example, the section on must see travel destinations features a few places that I want to see too (and plan to see, now that I am all grown up and earning!). I love how this book recommends Everest/the Himalayas as a cool place t ...more
This book is the ultimate "go outside and play" book. It is similar to a Girlscout book and has many ideas, games, how things work, and tells about historical daring women. The perfect gift and antidote for the societal push of the tween bratz culture. Great gift for all the tomboys out there.
Daniel Bowman
Not just for girls. It focuses on females heroes, but I think most boys would love this book--so long as their friends don't see the title!
Aug 29, 2008 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all females
As soon as I had a peek into this book I knew I had to own it. It's full of cool things that all girls should know, like how to put your hair up with a pencil; how to tie a sari; how to press flowers, whistle with two fingers, make a cloth-covered book, make a willow whistle and even stuff that isn't considered so girly like how to build a good campfire and make paper airplanes; clubhouses and forts, public speaking - this book has everything! It even has a section on boys and several on famous ...more
Bonnie Blevins
Buchanan, A. J. (2007). The daring book for girls. New York, NY: Collins.

Citation by: Bonnie Blevins

Type of Reference: Handbook

Call Number: Ref 646.7

Content/Scope: This handbook is targeted to students in grades 5-8. This book covers many topics with directions on how to do many activities or play certain sports.

Accuracy/Authority/Bias: Collins is part of Harper Collins which is a large publisher of literary fiction, children’s books, reference materials, etc. Harper Collins has published many
Susan Scott
Apr 12, 2015 Susan Scott marked it as to-read
Peskowitz, M., Buchanan, A. J., & Seabrook, A. i. (2007). The daring book for girls 1st ed. Collins.

Citation by: Susan Scott

Type of Reference: Handbook

Call Number: 646.70083; 646.70083/42

ISBN: 0061472573

Brief Description: This book is geared towards girls in grades 4-8. This details games, trivia, biographies and games to play.

Content/Scope: This book, a companion to the Dangerous Book for Boys, is geared towards girls from grades four through eight. This book also attempts to
Meyss Tazi
Week 2

This book is a really interesting book. It tells you absolutely everything we may want to know. For girls who like learning some countries, their language and their adventure, in this book there are pages of all countries of Africa. They show their language and adventures. For example: Zimbabwe. Their languages are English, Shona, and Sindebele. Zimbabwe’s adventures are the ruins of great Zimbabwe near Masvingo. After hat, in the book, they will tell you five Karate move. Front kick, back
Meagan Bell
My almost seven year old daughter wants to review this book -
I LOVED IT! It tells you everything a girl should know. Mommy even wants to read it. I learned so much from this book.
Kara Forester
This book is perfect for girls of any age. I love having it on my bookshelf and I think it would be a great gift to any girl, or woman, young or old, who loves being a female and enjoys adventure!
This book receives the four star rating because, despite the authors' most detailed instructions, combined with my best efforts, I still cannot whistle with two fingers.
From how to make your own lemonade stand to, girl guide badges, everything a girl needs to know is in this book. I reccomend this essential to all girls any age!
This came highly recommended from some daughter and I loved it! She may be a little young, but it'd be perfect for elementary aged girls.
I was interested after seeing the dangerous book for boys. This just wasn't as interesting. Maybe I'm just too much of a tom-boy.
Jaire Ann
I enjoy this book for what it is: a compilation of interesting things to read about or try to do. Some of the activities are for younger children (four square for example), but the sections of the book that I enjoyed the most were the instructional portions. The section on writing thank you notes I still find useful and I really enjoy reading some of the historical content, especially the biographies of important women, that the authors compiled. I also learned how to use a pencil to put up my h ...more
It wasn't that bad, it's just that I expected better from it.
Rachel Collinge
While I did not actually read this entire book, I still feel as if I should put in my two cents.
This is such a cool book! It has directions and information on all kinds of things to create, play, and learn. My favorite parts were probably "How to Whistle with Tow Fingers", "Putting You Hair Up With a Pencil", "Handclap Games", and Five Karate Moves". But there is a ton more like "Caring for Your Softball glove", "Hiking", and "Japanese T-Shirt Folding", to name a few.
Overall, it's just a reall
I read a review of this book in a very old Reader's Digest magazine. I looked it up at our library, and downloaded it to my MP3 player. I wasn't sure what I expected. The first part of the book dealt with women in history, and I didn't think most of them were very good role models for girls. There were woman pirates, warriors, etc. There were games like Bloody Mary, and thoughts about where the game originated. The book is full of different games, and things a girl should know as she grows older ...more
Not the most interesting thing to read when you're way out of the age range for which it was intended, but I might give this to my cousin when she gets a little older. Plus, there were a few instances where you could obviously tell the author was trying to empower girls to take over leadership positions and the like, as seen in chapters like "How To Negotiate" and "Parliamentary Rules For Clubs And Organizations" plus there were little bios of female rulers of the ancient world, and it was like, ...more
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Andrea J. Buchanan is a New York Times bestselling writer whose newest book is the young adult novel GIFT. Her work includes The Daring Book For Girls, Mother Shock, and six other books. Both GIFT and the digital short-story WAKING UP have free, downloadable, playable Minecraft maps based on the stories. Before becoming a writer, Andi was a classical pianist; she studied at the Boston Conservatory ...more
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