Here Come the Girl Scouts! The Amazing, All-True Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure

Illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Happy 100th birthday, Girl Scouts! Juliette Gordon Low—Daisy to her friends and family—was not like most girls of the Victorian era. Prim and proper? BOSH! Dainty and delicate? HOW BORING! She loved the outdoors, and she yearned for adventure! Born into a family of pathfinders and pioneers, she too wanted to make a difference in the world. Combining her ancestors’ passion for service with her own adventurous spirit and her belief that girls could do anything, she founded the Girl Scouts—an organization that was both GREEN and GIRL POWER, decades before either term was introduced! One hundred years later, the Girl Scouts continue to have adventures, do good deeds, and make a difference.

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• A New York Times Editors’ Choice
• A 2013 Notable Social Studies Trade Book 
 A CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center) 
  Choice 2013 Selection
• A National Parenting Publication Award Silver 
  Award Winner
• A Bank Street College of Education’s Best 
  Children’s Book of the Year
• A Junior Library Guild Selection
• An ALA Amelia Bloomer Selection


What people are saying:

“Deft storyteller Shana Corey knows that good history writers pick rich details to paint a life story. That’s exactly what she does in ‘Here Come the Girl Scouts!’. [Corey’s] writing has a gung-ho quality that perfectly captures the subject’s spirited personality. Readers who want to know more will not be disappointed. Three supplementary pages are packed with fascinating biographical information, photographs, and source notes.” —The New York Times

“This picture-book biography tells the story of Juliette (Daisy) Gordon, a proper southern girl who was vivacious, active, and loved the outdoors. Corey tells Low’s story with few words, but a lot of energy. This is an exuberant celebration of Low’s work just in time for the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary.” School Library Journal, starred review

“Corey’s enthusiastic celebration of the life of Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, reveals a gutsy, active girl growing up in Savannah, Ga., at a time when “proper young ladies were supposed to be dainty and delicate.” Corey’s gung-ho prose conveys Low’s gumption and optimism. Hooper’s folksy mixed-media art, much like Corey’s prose, portrays the Scouts and their history in a fresh, unstuffy manner.”—Publishers Weekly

“This picture-book biography covers everything from the first meeting of the Girl Scouts to its first handbook (with guidance on such things as “how to stop a runaway horse”) to troop expansion across the country. A final inspiring spread offers up portraits of former Girl Scouts, including politician Hilary Rodham Clinton and activist Gloria Steinem, and it leaves one portrait empty: “you.” Well-chosen quotes from the original handbook are incorporated into Hooper’s exuberant illustrations. Girl power, all the way around.”—Booklist

““Daisy was a girl with gumption,” Corey starts out (with a really eye-catching first spread from Hooper). Captivating. Well done, all around. So, sit down with your favorite box of Do-si-dos (or, OK, Thin Mints, if that’s your style) and be sure to experience this one.”
Kirkus Reviews    

“Corey offers a complementary picture-book account well suited for sharing with Daisies and Brownies. Particularly delightful are references to skills that were suggested for early Girl Scouts, from “How to cure hams” to “How to secure a burglar with eight inches of cord”.—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This delightful feminist history explains how and why Low founded an organization that early on downplayed “delicate and dainty” and encouraged girls to do anything.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Shana Corey. . . has a knack for transforming stories of strong women into fascinating picture books. ‘Here Come the Girl Scouts! The Amazing All-true Story of Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure,’ offers a rich portrait of Low and the Girl Scouts.”The Charlotte Observer

“Young readers will readily appreciate the importance of Gordon Low’s notion of empowerment to girls everywhere.”Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT

“Corey’s writing brims with excitement. Extensive end notes give additional history and resources. ‘Here Come the Girl Scouts!’ is a wonderful choice for any library or home.”

The Wichita Eagle

“Girls, even those who are not Scouts, will find a lot to enjoy about ‘Here Come the Girl Scouts!’”The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)

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