Three new books on Juliette Gordon Low & the Girl Scouts, Savannah

Trying to figure out how to teach your kids about Savannah native Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts this year? Check out these new kids’ books on the Girl Scouts & their visionary founder.

1. The robust 400-page biography “Juliette Gordon Low; the Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts” (Viking, 2012) by Stacy A Cordery, Ph.D. details how Low started the Girl Scouts after meeting Gen. Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the British Army hero who founded the Boy Scouts in England. She appreciated Baden-Powell’s belief that scouting should be fun and formed her own group of “Girl Guides”—Girl Scouts’ original name—near her Scotland home, before starting the Girl Scouts in the United States in 1912.

2. A children’s book that makes the history of the Girls Scouts fun is “Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure” (Scholastic Press, 2012 ) by Shana Corey. The book shows how “Daisy” was not like the prim and proper girls of her Victoria era, but the loved the outdoors and adventure. For ages 4 and older.

3. In the well-illustrated youth biography “First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low” (Clarion Books, 2012), author Ginger Wadsworth uses letters, diaries, news articles and more to introduce middle-grade readers to the feisty, non-traditional, ground-breaking leader. The account includes details about Low’s hearing loss, her failed marriage and the lesser-known fact that Low was buried in her Girl Scout uniform, with a telegram from a dear friend in the pocket that read: “You are not only the first Girl Scout but the best Girl Scout of them all.” For ages 9-12.

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