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

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-17 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 22 user ratings
ISBN:0545342783
LANGUAGE:English

"Great biography of Juliette Gordon Low and history of the Girl Scouts. The art is terrific and the text simple, so this is suitable for even the youngest scouts. Little quibble. Nowhere in the text of the book is Low's name mentioned. Only on the title page (which I totally skipped) does it mention her by name with her nickname inserted. Throughout the book, she is referred to as "Daisy." I spent the entire book wondering who the heck she was! As a good girl scout I knew who the founder was, but I didn't remember her nickname was Daisy! It wasn't until I read the afterward that I discovered that fact. The good news is, the afterward is superb! Well worth the read. In fact, it actually made me cry. It gave some information about the art in the book, and while I was flipping back through, that's when I saw the title page. Duh! An inspiring and empowering story. Also made me want some Thin Mints. " said.

"Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low's biography by Shana Corey is a great children's book on the story of Daisy's starting of the Girl Scouts of America. I would say the story is a story appropriate for ages 6-8. The book ends in two full pages of further information for adult readers, teachers, or parents. I found this information to be especially helpful. I think this book would be an excellent addition to a possible social studies unit on citizenship or famous people of America. It could be used as a read-aloud or individual reading. I don't think I would use this book in my small groups, as I think a whole group would be able to discuss just fine. It wouldn't necessarily be bad for small groups though - I'm just not sure it's necessarily "meaty" reading.
My biggest complaint with the text are the random quotes sporadically placed on pages. They were a bit distracting and would likely be distracting to new readers. I did not find them to be beneficial to the message of the text, but almost more like doodles. As an adult reader, I was not sure myself when I should read these!
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"Definitely more about the beginning of the Girl Scouts than it is about Juliette Gordon Low. If you're not a Girl Scout (as I am not), I'm not sure you will enjoy this much. I read another review that said the quotes throughout the book are from the Girl Scout Manual. As I am not a Girl Scout, I didn't know that, and couldn't appreciate that. Even if I am not a member of an organization or a fan of group/profession/etc., I can usually appreciate a good biography/story of a person. Again, to me this felt more about the organization, which is maybe why it didn't seem to resonate with me.

I also probably do not love this one, as I know for a fact Juliette Gordon Low was deaf. From my research and what I have been taught about her, her hearing got progressively worse. In this book, you would think that while she may have gone deaf at one point, her hearing completely came back. That's not true at all. (From what I have studied/learned.) Again, that does not seem relevant in the story I suppose, as it's focusing on the Girl Scouts, and not on her, but when the book advertises itself as "The Amazing All-true Story of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure"... I do feel it's important to be accurate. And to focus on her.

Torn between 1 and 2 stars on this one... Not one I would ever share with kids because personally, I don't feel it's accurate when it comes to "Daisy", although I will say it introduces how the Girls Scouts came to be in America.
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"This picture book biography of Juliette Gordon Low - known as "Daisy" - is a good, basic summary of the life of the woman who founded the Girl Scouts. The information in it is good, but the layout and illustrations are really its strengths. On each two-page spread is a quote from Daisy (usually from the guide she wrote for the Girl Scouts) offering some sort of advice or inspiration to girls. The illustrations are beautiful and clever while also fitting the tone and time period of the text perfectly. This is Hadley Hooper's first time illustrating a picture book, and I definitely am looking forward to seeing what else she does in the future.

I also enjoyed reading more about Daisy in the back matter at the end of the book. However, this section also pointed out to me that the main text of the book left out some major information. For example, while the author mentions that Daisy lived in England, she doesn't mention that she lived there because she married an Englishman. There is no mention at all of Daisy being married, which suggested to me that she was single her whole life. Was the author afraid that mentioning that the founder of the Girl Scouts had been married would somehow imply that girls have to marry in order to accomplish anything? Perhaps the author had no ulterior motive in leaving out the fact that Daisy was married. It just seemed to me something that I would have liked to know had I been a child reading this book about a famous woman.

Despite this (and my general lack of enthusiasm for the Girl Scouts) I thought this picture book biography was well done.
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"Highly Recommended [return][return]This non-fiction picture book tells the story of the Girl Scouts. Readers are introduced to Juliette Gordon Low’s and her trip to England and learning about the Girl Guides to where Girl Scouts are at today. Readers learn about how the Girl Scouts have changed throughout their history. At the end of the story we see examples of famous Girl Scouts like Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Lisa Ling and there is a place for the reader to put her picture.[return][return]The writing is fun to read. Readers are exposed to words like gumption and spunk. Girls are portrayed as adventurous and ready to learn new things. The illustrations are realistic and sort of have a 1950’s vintage vibe. The colors reflect the colors in nature and the Girl Scout uniforms. It’s a really cute theme. It’s full of historical information that would be of interest to many elementary aged girls.[return][return]The book is perfect to read to Daisy and Brownie Troops. I read it to a first grade Daisy troop and they were quiet the whole time. They loved the story and it seemed to be easy for them to understand. There is an AR quiz that accompanies this book, so students who like AR quizzes are in luck! This is a really nice book for a school or public library. Girl Scouts of all ages will enjoy the story and pictures. The end of the book has extensive back matter with examples of how the Girl Scouts fit into US history, a painting of Low and a photo of a 1913 Girl Scout Troop. The author included the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law. This book would make a great gift for a girl during a Girl Scout bridging ceremony." said.

"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!" said.

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Summary: Daisy never would take no for an answer. She believed that woman could do anything and everything that a man could do even though she lived during a time when others did not think so. So, instead of sitting at home, she went on adventures learning how to do anything she wanted to- from forging a gate for her house to riding on elephants. Then, during one trip to England, Daisy learned about a group called Boy Scouts and she knew that she had to make something like this for the girls of America. This idea was the birth of girl scouts.

What I Think: This is one of those books where the text and illustrations so perfectly complement each other that the book becomes a piece of art in itself. I love how Shana Corey and Hadley Hooper played off of each other throwing in colors in the text and quotes in the illustrations. As Jen stated above, it is a wonderful mentor text to discuss anaphora and sentence variation as well as a great introduction to primary sources. It can also start a discussion of layouts and colors.

As a Girl Scout, we learned about Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low every year when we celebrated her birthday. She was the woman that we all strived to be like. She showed us all that girls could do anything we wanted to and also how important it was for girls to be friends with each other. My troop even went to Savannah to see where Daisy and the Girls Scouts began. Girl Scouts is such an empowering organization and truly teaches you how to become a responsible and well-rounded part of civilization and Shana Corey along with Hadley Hooper do such a superb job embodying the idea of Girl Scouts and the power and brilliance of Daisy Low while also entertaining the reader and teaching about an amazing woman in history.
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"Juliette Gordon Low - known as Daisy to her family and friends - is a “girl with gumption.” While other girls of her era were learning to be proper and dainty, Daisy searched for adventure. When she grew up, she founded an organization devoted to giving American girls the opportunity to have adventures and make differences of their own - The Girl Scouts of America. This book, uniquely illustrated by Hadley Hooper, tells Daisy’s life story, and the story of how the Girl Scouts came to be. The illustrations include many quotations from sources like the very first Girl Scout handbook, and biographies of Juliette Low. Two pages of back matter also place the early days of the Girl Scouts in their proper historical context and provide the text to the Girl Scout Promise and The Girl Scout Law. The book ends with a series of faces belonging to women who were once Girl Scouts themselves, reminding us that “Every little girl goes to make up some part of parcel of our whole great nation.”

I was not a very good Girl Scout, and thanks to some bullies, didn’t enjoy it much either. My disdain for the organization aside, however, I love this book. I knew a little bit about Juliette Low from my own scouting days, but her life story was never presented to me in such an accessible format. The book is not only interesting, but also beautiful to look at, and very contemporary in terms of style. While the illustrations might make it better for one-on-one sharing rather than a group read-aloud, I still think it’s the kind of thing I could read to groups visiting my library. I have yet to partner with a Girl Scout group, but I might use this book as a jumping off point for reaching out to them. It’s also nice to have another nice biography at a somewhat easier reading level than some of the more dense titles we have. Biography book reports are very popular with our local schools and it never hurts to have another new attractive title to share.
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