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The Double-Daring Book for Girls Hardcover – March 24, 2009
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About the Author
Andrea Buchanan is the mother of a daughter and a son, both of whom are equally daring. Before she was a writer, she was a pianist who once performed a solo concert at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. This is her fifth book.
Miriam Peskowitz is the mother of two girls, including an eight-year-old who climbs trees and leads spy missions in the backyard. She has been a camp counselor, an historian, a blogger, a musician, a professor, and is the author of several books, including The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars.
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Top Customer Reviews
What I truly appreciate, and what makes the Daring books transcend the How To label, is the activities' historical and often rebellious context. Why should our kids want to know how to waltz (p. 78)? How about because it was considered scandalous -- the dancing partners touched! And vulgar, forbidden -- it was easy to learn and didn't require a dance master!
Mostly, I am dazzled by the amount of good, hard, enticingly written information amassed in the Double Daring book. I want kids to know everything in it. I want them all to know exactly who Eleanor of Aquitaine was, and how startling her long, accomplished, independent life was compared to most women of her era. I want them to know the fundamentals of rhetoric, how to make a raft, the story of Ada Lovelace, how to join the circus, how to say thank you in scores of languages, how to make snowglobes, how to conduct an orchestra, and how to make rope ladders.
The Double Daring book is buoyed by positivity, and focuses on cultivating competence, independence, willingness to experiment, and open-ended fun. It provides multiple short biographies of women whose lives exemplified these attitudes.Read more ›
I defy anyone to pick up this book and tell me that they made it through reading the Table of Contents without smiling, reminiscing, and also being intrigued. It's a seemingly random collection of really neat stuff that you find you are thrilled someone had the time, energy and brains to actually document. It's the stuff that's told around the campfires, discussed over dinner tables, and taught over sidewalk chalk in the driveway.
Get it for your daughter, get it for your niece, or get it for yourself. It makes a wonderful addition to any girl's book collection, and when you give it was a gift, you will know that you've struck gold.
Again the authors have assembled quite a number of fun activities for girls in pursuit of their admirable stated goals of slowing down the early termination of girlhood and the forced induction into grownup-hood, "becoming tweens and teens and adult women before their time."
Note: if you already have or plan to purchase the original book or either or both of the pocket books: The Pocket Daring Book for Girls: Things to Do or ...Read more ›
Chock full of daring information, ideas and stories, this beautiful hardback would have occupied me for at least a whole summer when I was a kid. From "How to Paint a Room" to "Putting on a Show" to making your own "Worry Dolls," I would have disappeared into the daring world of ideas and instructions for putting those ideas into action.
I am thrilled that my six-year old daughter will have access to this book. It's just the antidote to video games that we need in our family.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We bought the first book "Daring Book for Girls" for my 8 y.o. daughter for Christmas. It was attached to her at the hip for several weeks. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nanette
My eleven year old granddaughter is really enjoying it. She's a curious child, and this will keep her busy fr a long time.Published 12 months ago by Bookbag
My daughter loves this book. Many cool things to do and info to learnPublished 13 months ago by DLH
Got two for Christmas gifts for granddaughters. They received them early and really liked the content. A lot of different topics that are really good for young girls. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Charles Pysher
My grand daughter loves this book and uses it for inspiration for putting herself forward, singing and reciting poems. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mary D. Cain
Purchased this as a gift for my granddaughter and she loved it.
She read some of her favorite pages to me.
I would recommend to others.