Barbara's Reviews > Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette 'Daisy' Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure

Here Come the Girl Scouts! by Shana Corey
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May 02, 12

bookshelves: biography, families, green-books, ncbla2013, picture-book, strong-women
Read in May, 2012

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, this picture book biography of the organization's founder, Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low is informative, inspiring, and interesting. Blessed with an inquisitive nature and born into a family where service to others was valued, Daisy defied the social mores for girls and women in her Savannah, Georgia home. Others might have been satisfied with the adventurous life she led, but Daisy wanted to make a difference in the world. At the age of 51, she did just that, starting the first Girl Scout troop in 1912. The author focuses on the leadership possibilities and physical activities that the Girl Scouts provided to girls and describes how the organization broke down race and class barriers by working to include all types of girls. Back matter includes information from the author about the inspiration for the book and an acknowledgement that Daisy and her Girl Scouts were involved in girl power and the environmental movement long before it became fashionable. The appealing illustrations filled with the satisfied faces of busy girls were created with paint, ink, and printmaking techniques, then scanned and assembled in Photoshop. The illustrator has included pithy quotes about self-empowerment from the Girl Scouts' founder, the remarkable Daisy. Although this one is for a much younger audience than First Girl Scout by Ginger Wadsworht, reading the two of them together is great fun since the questions left unanswered by Corey's shorter biography are answered in the longer one. What a great reminder that revolution comes in different guises!
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