We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2018 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.
Since March is Women’s Month, I thought I better use this week, at the very least, to pay tribute and give some love to girls with gumption, visionary women with oomph and panache.
Written by Shana Corey Illustrated by Hadley Hooper
Published by Scholastic Press (2012)
Borrowed from Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.
I have never really been active, sporty, athletic as a young girl. My parents were highly protective of me so I was not really permitted to play outdoors as much – this is pretty justifiable as I grew up in Manila where the streets aren’t really that safe for a child. So I devoured books at home. All this Girl Scouts thing was unknown to me; my Catholic private all-girls school (run by nuns – Augustinian Recollect sisters) was more into keeping young ladies modest and sweet – which is everything that Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low isn’t – even when she grew up at a time when ladies “were supposed to be dainty and delicate.”
It was fascinating for me to read about the life of a privileged, extremely wealthy woman who can afford to break all the rules and was in a perfect position to defy conventions. Granted, not many ladies of her time did what she did, but Daisy could not be bothered by what they thought, as she pretty much did what her little heart desired.
The idea of organizing this outdoorsy group of young girls came about when she found out that there was a group of Boy Scouts in England. The group started off as away for the boys to serve their country – then graduated towards spending time outdoors, learning about survival skills, etc. Daisy was intent on deriving some meaning out of her highly privileged existence, and decided that this will be her project: as it also reflected her nature-loving and exuberant spirit.
And the rest, as they say, is history. I especially appreciated all the backmatter indicating the extensive amount of research that went into the writing of the story, as well as what inspired Shana Corey to read up on Juliette Gordon Low’s very interesting life.
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