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On My Honor: Real Life Lessons from America's First Girl Scout

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In every woman's life, there comes a time when she wonders what she should have done differently, and if it's too late. For Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low, that moment was in 1911 when she was widowed in her fifties and completely unsure of what to do with her life. Within the next year, Daisy founded the Girl Scouts of the USA as a group to encourage girls' friendships and m ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Sourcebooks
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Upon reading the preface, I wasn't too sure I wanted to go on reading. The preface was wrought with spelling and grammatical errors. But once I got into the book and the history behind the Girl Scouts and Juliette Gordon Low, I thought it was quite interesting. I was a girl scout for many years and credit the organization and my unique troop with the woman I am today. So it was very interesting to learn a little about the woman who started it all. I could have done without the author’s personal ...more
Oct 12, 2013 Rebecca rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Um....sixth grade girls?
Recommended to Rebecca by: It was on my library's "Too Good to Miss" shelf.
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Robyn Brown
I've always wanted to learn more about Juliette Gordon Low without going through an exhaustive biography. She's always been an inspiration to me - a pioneer woman who pushed girls and women to new heights. She was WAY ahead of her time. May we all be thankful for her contribution to womens' rights and girl empowerment. It's obvious Shannon did her homework on Girl Scout history through the years, deliving through the first handbooks and even Juliette's personal letters available at the GSUSA his ...more
Mar 28, 2013 Lea rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: new Girl Scout leaders
Shelves: history
I really wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. I was a Brownie and a Girl Scout and was excited to read about the founder and reminisce about my GS days. I enjoyed the parts of the book on Daisy. I could have done with less of the author's anecdotes about her troop and leader experiences, I have my own. At times, it seemed like the thoughts were unorganized, as you were reading about one topic and suddenly there was another topic in the next paragraph.
Overall, I think it would be a gr
I was lucky to meet the author of this book. I also invited her to come to visit Gallaudet University campus. The wife of the University President is a former Girl Scout. She graciously hosted a tea reception for Shannon and for Gallaudet University members that were former Girl Scouts. It was great getting Shannon's version of how she was inspired to do research on Juliette Gordon Low and her remarkable influence on the Girl Scouts movement at the time she was nearly deaf in both ears, already ...more
What a fun book! Especially if you were a Brownie or a Girl Scout. The author did a nice job of weaving the virtues, values, and life lessons of Girl Scouts with the history of its founder and current-day troops. A nice easy read - even more appropriate since I happened to have read it during Girl Scout Cookie Selling Time ;-) I was tickled to find the original cookie recipe in the book! And to see the word "sit-upon" again made me grin from ear to ear - I was flooded with memories of Brownie Da ...more
Bonnie Limbird
Meh. I learned more about JGL in this book, but only surface level, and honestly the impression the author gives of her, from the helter-skelter organization of the book and the random bits of info dropped here and there, is that of a bit of a kook. I really don't feel like she has painted JGL in a very positive light. Luckily, however, because of my own involvement with Girl Scouts as an adult volunteer, a council Board Member, and a parent of a Brownie, I'm not completely turned off GS or JGL ...more
Shayla Drumm
After reading On My Honor: Real Life Lessons from America's First Girl Scout, I realized how little I really knew about the Girl Scout organization. The author included insights and anecdotes from her own experiences with the Girls Scouts which added authenticity and kept me interested in the book. I was inspired and impressed after reading this book! I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway.
Nov 04, 2013 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: other Girl Scout leaders, Girl Scouts, people interested in women's social history
As a new Brownie (Girl Scout) leader, I really enjoyed this book. While I'm also reading multiple biographies of Juliette Gordon Low and books about the organization, I was happy to see a book which integrated a new leader's experience with her troop with the vision of the Girl Scout Law and the promise. While reading this book, I envisioned what I can help my troop become.
Well-researched and interesting content, but the frequent jumping around in the timeline of Juliette's life and sometimes confusing sentence structures made the narrative a bit hard to follow. I did enjoy learning some things about Juliette and the Girl Scouts that I hadn't known before, even as a life-long Girl Scout myself.
Noelle Loconte
I enjoyed this book a lot. Many great ideas if you are a troop leader too. It's a bit of memoir of a woman and her daughters' journey with GS and it's also a lot of GS history. A very quick book, I read it in one weekend (and I'm not a quick reader!)
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Shannon Henry Kleiber is a writer and author based in Madison, Wisconsin.

Her book "On My Honor: Real Life Lessons From America's First Girl Scout" was published in 2012 by Sourcebooks and has received critical acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Capital Times and others.

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