The Daring Book for Girls: Review by Susan Presley & M1

Susan: I've always liked reference books (I am, after all a librarian). When I was growing up, one of my favorite books was the Girl Guides Handbook (when we were in Canada) & later the Girl Scouts Handbook. I went back & read those even after I stopped doing the scouting thing. They were nice reference for all sorts of random things that struck my fancy & I could sit down & read a little bit then wander off to play & use what I just learned about (or not).
The Daring Book for Girls is very reminiscent of those books for me... and so much more. The authors have done a great job of covering all sorts of interesting things from princess & queens to Robert's Rules of Order, the origins of basketball & softball, how to read palms, & all sorts of other things. There's something here to appeal to almost every girl. Even if everything doesn't appeal, at least it provides exposure -- I wish I'd known about Robert's Rules of Order before my second year of college. In retrospect, it seems like something I should have come across before then one way or another, but somehow I managed to be completely oblivious.
To be honest, I haven't had much of a chance to read through this book other than a few stolen moments alone with it. I'd love to read it even more, but it keeps disappearing into my daughters' room with the oldest, M1, appearing only for her daily reading for school & then it goes back to her top bunk with her after she's had her documented reading time. In light of this, she gets to write the rest of this review (with some help from her dad).
M1: I was very excited when Mom got this book. The blue cover and fancy writing caught my attention right away. It's very entertaining because it is full of things that you might know about and that could turn out to be exciting. There are a lot of neat illustrations and diagrams to help explain the topics. I was a little worried because I hadn't finished all of the book but my dad told me it's ok in books like this to skip around and read the things that really catch your attention. A lot of subjects have caught my attention in this book. Here are some of my favorites:
So far, my favorite section has been on tetherball. Tetherball was something that I did not know about before I read this book. I read about it and it sounded interesting but I wasn't sure if I would like it. Then I had a chance to play it at school for the first time and found that I really liked it. I think the book helped me because thanks to it, I knew some of the rules before I played, such as not touching the rope or the pole. This helped make me more confident the first time I played, and I think you have to have confidence to be daring. I also really liked the section on hopscotch, I didn't know there were so many different ways to play. I also think the sections with history are really neat, like part on page 55 about the history of South Sea Island. I have not heard of a lot of these places. After reading about them, I have a better understanding of history and different time periods. I have read some of the Pippi Longstocking books and it was cool to read about the real history of a place she had been in her fiction stories. Just this afternoon I found a section on bowling. Bowling is one of my favorite activities and I can't wait to read this part. It explains scoring and has a glossary of bowling terms that I didn't know about. I keep asking Mom and Dad to take me bowling but they are always doing stuff so I am going to take some empty water bottles and a ball outside and create my own bowling game when I'm done working on this review.
I think that a daring girl likes to do challenging and hard things because she thinks they are fun. She loves adventure and learns from always trying new things. I think challenges help you grow, even though they can be really frustrating. This book helps with the frustration because it explains some things about activities that you might not know, which provides solutions to problems. A daring girl has to be able to solve problems and not let frustration hold her back. Otherwise, she won't know about new things and won't grow and become better at stuff. That would take away a lot of adventure and fun!
I would recommend this book to any girl who wants to learn a little bit about a whole lot of things. She should also have a sense of adventure and daring. One thing I would suggest is that she look through the table of contents and read about the things that are most interesting to her first. She can always go back and read the other sections later. That way the book won't seem too big. This book is awesome!