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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: 2018-02-20 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 22 user ratings
ISBN:0545342783
LANGUAGE:English

"A fabulous nonfiction title! Daisy, born in 1860, grew up in Savannah wanting to experience and explore the world. Despite losing most of her hearing due to a childhood illness, she had adventures and an active life. While visiting England, she was inspired by the Boy Scouts and decided to create her own organization for girls. And thus the Girl Scouts of America were born. She inspired girls to be leaders, to explore the outdoors, and to acquire interesting and useful skills.

I loved the quotes and information sprinkled on each page, the simple but meaningful descriptions about Daisy's life, and the positive messages in this book. The author also did a FABULOUS job including additional information, including source notes. My nonfiction author hero!

Highly recommended for elementary readers. Obviously ideal for March and Women's History month.
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"Juliette Gordon Low, or Daisy as her friends called her, was nothing like the other girls growing up in the Victorian Era. While girls were meant to be prim and proper, Daisy instead loved the outdoors and adventure. Daisy traveled the world, but eventually wanted to be more useful. Then she found out about the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in the United Kingdom and realized that America needed something that would get the girls there out in nature and exploring. So Daisy started what would become the Girl Scouts with just 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia in 1912. She taught them the rules, designed uniforms, planned excursions, and had them outside, active and learning. This book is about the impact one person with a purpose can have and also the incredible impact the Girl Scouts themselves have had in our society.

Read the rest of my review on my blog, Waking Brain Cells.
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"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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