THE Book for Girls

I am dying to review this book for you:

Dying, I tell you, but I still have about 20% left to read.  So it will have to wait one more week. Gah.

In the meantime, let’s talk about this other book:

I bought The Daring Book for Girls for my girls (as well as one of my goddaughters) for Christmas. I first learned about this series while reading Anthony Esolen’s Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child, which is still one of my very favorite “parenting” books.  (I’ve reviewed this book before and if you haven’t read it, I’ll say it again: if you’re a parent or a teacher, it’s an absolute must-read.)

The Daring Book for Girls is far and away the most played-with/used Christmas gift this year.  It’s organized into roughly 100 short chapters on a wide variety of chapters.  Honestly, listing all the chapters would give you the clearest understanding of why this book is so awesome.  Doing that seems a bit excessive though, so here are a few of the ones that pop out to me:

How to Tie a Sari
Playing cards: Hearts and Gin
Clubhouses and Forts
Periodic Table of Elements
Handclap Games
Making a Cloth-Covered Book
How to Whistle with 2 Fingers
Make Your Own Quill Pen
Every Girls’ Toolbox
Queens of the Ancient World
How to Power an Alarm Clock with a Lemon

My girls have spent a whole bunch of hours on the chapter How to Be a Spy.  Aliya, after reading about women spies in WWII made an escape map and sewed it into a scarf, which she then wore for 2 days straight.  I honestly haven’t seen anything quite so adorable or cool in a long time.  If you have a girl in your life who is curious and adventurous, or one who is quiet and bookish, both types will enjoy this book.  Gianna and Aliya are 6 and 8 and can read it with some help from me.  Girls in the 10+ age range can probably read and do most of the activities themselves.  There is also a book for boys called The Dangerous Book for Boys.

One caution: there is a chapter in Daring Girls on palm reading and one on slumber party games that made me a little uncomfortable.  The palm reading is presented as a fun thing to do “if you can suspend your disbelief” so I decided not to worry about it but steer the kids away from it. Honestly, there is so much in there to read and do that it shouldn’t be a problem.  Still, I was surprised by it and wanted to let you know in case you decide to buy it.

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  1. This is a book I definitely would have LOVED as a girl!
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  2. I think the boy book will have to be a birthday present for C for his 2nd birthday. It can just sit on a shelf until he’s old enough but gosh I don’t want to miss out. I wish I had a girl to buy this version for! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Fairyland. Are you going to read all of them? The third book comes out next week I believe.
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  3. Well, my mother bought my daughter The Dangerous Book for Girls when she was nine years old, and my daughter devoured it. One of the things the book advocated was “dye your hair purple.” I figured, what the heck, it’s just hair, and I took her to the salon and got a hunk of her hair dyed purple. She LOVED it. Surprise…I loved it, too! She is now fourteen, and has had all kinds of colors in her hair…and it suits her. We had just started homeschooling when she first had the purple in her hair, and yes, there were some raised eyebrows. It was a good lesson in “what is okay in our family is not okay in others, and vice versa.”

    Anyhow, when you girls want purple in their hair, let me know. I have a great hairdresser (that goes to our Church), and she’ll get you fixed up! 😉

    • I love it. Rachel is so beautiful with her colorful hair (without, too) and I am totally with you on the “what works for us” mentality. Thus: the mine schooling while hubby works in public schools. 🙂

  4. Great review! I don’t have any girls that in that age range unfortunately. The Dangerous Book for Boys is a big hit here, as is For Boys Only: The Biggest, Baddest Book Ever.

    And The Girl who Circumnavigated… I was recommended that one by my best librarian friend and promptly forgot all about it! So excited to see what you think!
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    • I haven’t heard of that other Boy book! Must investigate. Finished TGWCFIASOHOM. (Best acronym I’ve ever made up.) Can’t wait to review it.

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  5. We ordered both the girl and boy books this week (on your recommendation – thanks!), and they’ve been big hits. Lucy (10) has been able to read and direct activities pretty much on her own. So far we’ve made four survival kits and batch of “fox” blood, plus Lucy learned how to pronounce the word “faux.” All in all, a good week!