Saturday, December 01, 2007

MotherTalk Book Review - The Daring Book For Girls

I'm about to help you with your Christmas shopping--for the women AND the girls in your life.

I was so excited to make it onto the MotherTalk Blog Tour for the Daring Book For Girls, by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz.

From the back of the book: "For every girl with an independent spirit and a nose for trouble, here is the no-boys-allowed guide to adventure."
I'd told my daughter that WE were going to review the book...when it finally came she snatched it away and I didn't see her for three days. When she finally surfaced, the floor of her bedroom looked like a paper airplane graveyard and every shoelace and piece of string in our house had been tied into a hundred different kinds of knots.

She said, "Hey mom! Do we have any lemon juice? Or onions? Because I can make invisible ink and we need to go out in the yard and look for some bird feathers--maybe some of the crow feathers because they're big and did you know we can make quill pens out of those and oh yeah do we have any lemons? Because did you know we can use them to make a battery powered clock and did you know that there were girl pirates?! How cool! And there was this cool section on yoga and by the way, for Christmas I'd really like my own toolbox so can we go to Home Depot and I'll show you what I need and am I allowed to use a knife? Like a swiss army knife? AND get this: there is a funny way to make up a person's bed so they can't straighten out their legs!"

At this point she paused to take a breath and I said, "Do you mean short-sheeting someone's bed?"

She said, "You know about that?"
I told her that was a prank we used to pull on people at camp. She looked at me in utter amazement and said, "WOW! That must be a really old trick!"


So finally I got my chance to read the book and was delighted. There are stories of real-life princesses and queens, female pirates, famous poems about weather, card games and rules for basketball.
I liked the section on palm-reading...until I discovered that I have no 'fate line'. I wonder, is that a good thing or a bad thing?

There was a section on bird-watching that my daughter has already dog-eared and highlighted--she and my mother love to birdwatch together. There was a big section of recommended reading, and I loved to see so many of my favorites on there, many of which my daughter has already read.

What a treasure this book is!

From skipping-rope rules and rhymes to changing a flat tire, from climbing trees to pressing flowers, The Daring Book For Girls will feed the soul of every adventurous spirit you know--including your own.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go practice being a spy.
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