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The Daring Book for Girls

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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  3,345 ratings  ·  355 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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2007)
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Nov 07, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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. ...more
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found this compendium to be fun and nostalgic. There was a nice balance of knowledge and skills and I found myself smiling often as I remembered playing many of the games and making many of the projects included in this volume. The illustrations were suitably inclusive also and I loved the authors’ impeccable pronoun usage. Overall, I think this would be most appropriate for elementary and middle school girls (and all adults over 30, obviously)!
Jan 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Dec 30, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 resear
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
Julia Zuklie
If your a girl, and you want to be daring, read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
GIRL POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Before Julia Childs was a chef, she was a spy?

Cathy Douglas
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-spanish
This for-girls version of the Iggulden brothers' book covers an eclectic range of topics: how to tell a ghost story, stories of female spies, making your own backyard tent, the rules for hopscotch. I thought it was pretty interesting, though I just skimmed through some topics. Some people have criticized it for being too girly-girl, but I only noticed that in a few places. For the most part, it encourages girls to have fun and take risks and learn a variety of skills. I would have liked it when ...more
Apr 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Marissa Elera
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Aug 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Nov 02, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Oct 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't that bad, it's just that I expected better from it. ...more
Kara Forester
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-portuguese
Aaaah, so nostalgic! I remember I read this book so many times and tried almost every activity in it. I still remember it very fondly
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Daniel Bowman
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
Meagan Bell
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kristin White
Buchanan, A., & Peskowitz, M. (2012). The daring book for girls. New York: Collins Publishers.

Citation by: Kristin White

Type of Reference: Handbook

Call Number: Ref 790.194 Buch 2012

Content/Scope: This general handbook is known as the manual for "everything girls need to know." Including everything from females in history to giggling at slumber parties, The Daring Book for Girls offers young girls an adventure on every page. It is filled with fun activities and interesting facts that girls of eve
Jessica Briggs
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giana
While some think this book is outdated for the 21st century, I love that my young lady is enjoying and learning some old fashioned information. Some parts of the book I can do without- like the bit on levitating and seances- but overall tips about old campfires, women who were bold and daring, etc. is fun. My 9 yo daughter picks this up to peruse for fun often.
Susan Scott
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 capt
This book is a guide for girls, it includes, how to play basketball, how to play card, information about women in the past who has made great accomplishments and the list goes on. Basically this book has everything a girl would need.

The reason why I picked this book started way back when we were doing the four literary elements. There was this video on Irony by WhatYouOughtToKnow, I liked him and started watching his videos. I came across a video by him called 'The Dangerous Book For Boys' and w
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Andrea J. Buchanan is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book is THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING, which was a finalist for the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing. Her other work includes the multimedia young adult novel GIFT, the internationally bestselling THE DARING BOOK FOR GIRLS, her essay collection on early motherhood MOTHER SHOCK: LOVING EVERY (OTHER) MINUTE O ...more

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