The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz

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This review is part of the Mother Talk Blog Tour.

Stars: *****

The Daring Book for Girls was written because the authors felt it was necessary to have a kind of companion book to The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden.

Essentially it is a guide for today’s preteen whose life is full of electronics and instant gratification about how to live life and have fun all on your own. The book is huge! 279 large pages on any and every topic imaginable. Palm Reading, Knots, Weather, Putting Your Hair Up with a Pencil, Cootie Catchers, Bird Watching, First Aid, Handclap Games, Campfire Songs, Friendship Bracelets, How to Change a Tire, The Bill of Rights and so much more.

As a Girl Guide leader this book could easily be the Girl Guide Manual. Most of what’s in the book we already do and what we haven’t done, we will do!

The illustrations (by Alexis Seabrook) are a great addition and help explain some of the handicrafts and other things in the book. Some of the illustrations and some photos are colour too which is a nice touch. The cover (the picture above doesn’t do it justice) is all sparkly and as a hardcover with no flyleaf, it’s built to last.

My one and only complaint is that it include info specific to the United States. (I’m Canadian) However the book is so good otherwise that it’s inconsequential.

The quote on the back sums it up nicely: “For every girl with an independent spirit and a nose for trouble, here is the no-boys-allowed guide to adventure.”


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