Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Here Come the Girl Scouts!

Booklist (January 1, 2012 (Vol. 108, No. 9))

Grades 1-4. On March 12, 2012, the Girl Scouts will have been in existence for 100 years, and it’s all thanks to Juliette Daisy Gordon Low. Daisy was a girl with gumption; an opening illustration shows her joy at hanging from a tree, petticoat on full display. A trip to England later in life introduces Daisy to the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, and the rest, as they say, is history. Ambitious in scope, this picture-book biography covers everything from the first meeting of the Girl Scouts to its first handbook (with guidance on such things as how to stop a runaway horse) to troop expansion across the country. A final inspiring spread offers up portraits of former Girl Scouts, including Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gloria Steinem, and it leaves one portrait empty: you. Well-chosen quotes from the original handbook (fresh air is your great friend) are incorporated into Hooper’s exuberant illustrations, which were created using paint, ink, and printmaking techniques. Extensive back matter includes Girl Scout–related history, legacy, photos, and sources. Girl power, all the way around.

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