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First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2016-07-10 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 30 user ratings
ISBN:0547243944
LANGUAGE:English

"She has been a scout for over 2 years now, and loves reading about Juliette Gordon Low. It was wonderful we could obtain a copy before this years 100th year celebrations began for Girl Scouts. She had a vast amount of knowledge about how and why Girl Scouts began from reading this book. She still pulls it out to re-read when the urge strikes. She enjoyed the pictures as well." said.

"This is a straight-up non-fiction reference book, which is great for students needing information and writing reports on the Girl Scouts. With 17 chapters detailing the life of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts, Wadsworth covered everything one needs to know about this group and its founder.

She gets right down to it in the Introduction, mentioning that Low was almost 52 years old when she started this group. She wanted to capture the essence of what she intended to do: create lifelong friendships, help others, do good, promote peace, and love one another.

Wadsworth's research and writing is thorough, showing a playful side to characters portrayed in photographs included throughout the book.
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"I would say that a good 90% of the content in this book was already familiar to me, as it included information, stories, and pictures that had been included in older versions of the Brownie and Junior Girl Scout handbooks. However, since the modern handbooks have dropped a lot of the historical and biographical information, this book can fill the gap -- learning more about the woman who founded Girl Scouts was incredibly inspiring to me as a young girl, and I think this book can do the same for today's young scouts." said.

"I really enjoyed this book. I was a Girl Scout and now my daughter is a Girl Scout so I have personally noticed changes, both big and small, in the very long gap between my participation in the organization and hers. Even having spent years in the program, at least 80% of the material in this book was new and fascinating.

The book follows Juliette Gordon Low's life from birth until her premature passing from cancer. The author does a tremendous job is helping the reader understand what it was like to be a young child in Civil War Savannah, moving on the being an International (England / US) Society wife and then most importantly, what it was like to be a leader of a fledging organization that grew to 168,000 girls during her lifetime. That would be amazing even today in 2012.

There is a large and rich collection of historical photographs in this book. The cover is eye catching - kudos to the designer. And there are clever touches like each chapter starting with a "badge" graphic.

Admittedly, the early life of Juliette Low may not engage the youngest readers. But they should definitely either press on, or skip ahead to her days when she meets Sir Robert Baden Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts and is inspired to then establish a group for girls with similiar goals and activities.

Lastly, she was a visionary in more than one way. Despite coming from a background of wealth and privilege, she evidently went out of her way to make sure Troops were begun in poorer communities, and that disabled girls be given some opportunity to join and participate. Interestingly, that is a goal that even today could be championed harder in the National Girl Scout organization.

Highly recommended reading!
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"I expected more from a book for middle school children. The story is not consistant with other books I have read." said.

"I read this book just after my daughter joined Girl Scouts in Kindergarten. I had no previous Girl Scout experience and had very little knowledge of the organization. This book really gave me a good understanding of the Juliette Gordon Lowe and the Girl Scout organization she created. The book is well written and an easy read with lots of beautiful pictures of Lowe and other Girl Scouts.
Now, two years into our Girl Scout adventure, I have often referred back to this book for information and ideas for activities and lessons for our troop. I have also shared it with some of the other parents in our troop who have all found it interesting and helpful in understanding the mission of Girl Scouts.
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"I loved this book, because I am a girl scout. I loved learning more about her! I would read this book again! You should put this on your "to-read" list." said.

"Very helpful book for my daughter who did her book report on Juliette Gordon Low." said.

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