Book of the Week: The Daring Book for Girls

October 18, 2007

My home acquired a copy of
The Daring Book for Girls last week and it was an instant hit. Not a big surprise — we were already fans of The Dangerous Book for Boys and couldn’t wait for the girl version to come out. It’s written by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz. I know nothing about either author, but I think they did a great job.

And to be honest, I was a little worried I might not like it. Would it be too pc? Would it be too girly and assume girls mostly like to groom? Would it pretend girls are the same as boys? But my worries were unfounded. It’s lovely.

Some of my favorite sections:
Make Your Own Quill Pen

Telling Ghost Stories

How to Play Four Square (My kids were totally asking me about Four Square and I couldn’t remember the rules. Hooray for the book!)
How to Tie a Sari

Lemon-Powered Clock

Campfire Songs

Robert’s Rules

Books That Will Change Your Life
Plus, lots of interesting women throughout history. And the French and Spanish words and phrases that every girl needs to know. And many, many, many more sections.

Oh. And the cover has this subtle glitter thing going on that is really fantastic. I’ve already bought two copies as gifts. A great book. Ralph finds it as interesting as Maude found The Dangerous Book for Boys. If you have both sons and daughters, you’ll enjoy having both books in your home.

Available here.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sara October 18, 2007 at 11:15 am

we played a little four square the other day at the park. i’d love to bring it back!

i’m definitely getting the book.


2 Shauna October 18, 2007 at 11:32 am

Before I read the book, my thoughts were the exact same as yours…I quickly found it to be totally delightful! I was planning to post about it today… thanks for your review.


3 shari October 18, 2007 at 12:22 pm

As a school librarian, I couldn’t agree more. We actually plan to purchase both books after students requested them… and I work in a high school!


4 compulsive writer October 18, 2007 at 12:56 pm

Now I know what I want for Christmas: One of each!


5 mamele October 18, 2007 at 2:41 pm

yay! i’m in!

pescovitz wrote the fabulous “The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars” — non-polemic-y, reasonable, smart. not surprised this one’s good too.


6 Anonymous October 18, 2007 at 3:22 pm

Funny…I was just telling my child about playing four square! I’ll have to pick this book up as well. I couldn’t remember the rules either. Thanks.

Martha B.


7 Isabel Kallman October 19, 2007 at 5:54 pm

Miriam and Andi are two of my favorite people. I am fortunate to know them.

They’re mom advocates and brilliant writers to boot. They are the genius moms behind MotherTalk.


8 Andi October 27, 2007 at 12:54 pm

Andi from “The Daring Book For Girls” here — we’re so glad you enjoyed the book! Thanks for the fantastic post!


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