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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1 edition (February 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547243944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547243948
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a good-looking volume, illustrated with historical photographs, set on pages that resemble pale green embroidered linen and sparkling with the force of Low's enthusiasm."  - The Wall Street Journal

"...a biography as engaging as it is comprehensive.... Neatly framed photographs and other period documents related to Low are smoothly incorporated into the book's overall clean design, appearing against pale green pages sometimes printed with a fabric texture that nods toward the Scouts' uniforms.  ...skillfully sets Low's life story against historical backdrops...." -Publisher's Weekly

"Wadsworth captures Low’s stubborn but charismatic spirit by blending facts and humorous sketches in this winning biography of a woman whose visions and ideas have helped shape the lives of girls around the world." --Horn Book

"Unvarnished prose, plentiful images and vivid anecdotes set in historical perspective make this chronological account lively and accessible for middle-grade readers." --Kirkus Reviews

"The attractive book design features chapter headings that look like Girl Scout badges, and most spreads include period photos or reproductions of primary-source documents. Exemplary nonfiction." --School Library Journal

"In time for the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) comes this engaging biography about the woman who founded the organization." --Booklist

"2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA, and a fresh, comprehensive biography of founder Juliette Gordon Low is most welcome." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

From the Author

  • January 2013:  First Girl Scout is named to the 2013 Amelia Bloomer Project List by the American Library Association.  The list features the best books of the past year about girls and women that spur the imagination while confronting traditional female stereotypes. It is named for Amelia Bloomer, the pioneering 19th century newspaper editor, feminist thinker, public speaker and suffragist. 

More About the Author

I thrive in my world of books, reading, research, and writing award-winning nonfiction titles. Biographies, natural history and American history are my main focus. Each of my books is for young readers ... and the young at heart! I have a reputation for being a research junkie and in my house, that means tiptoeing around boxes (my style of file cabinets) in my office, stacks of "very important" papers, and teetering towers of reference books that don't fit into my floor-to-ceiling bookcases. Despite my predilection for research, I have managed to publish 26 nonfiction books, and many others are still waiting to find that perfect home.

I come from a creative family and we all love the natural world. My father made his living writing westerns and then adventure novels for young readers. His father also wrote western novels and for the "Big Slicks." My mother was an artist and her father was director of the San Diego Natural History Museum. I have one brother who is a professional photographer and another who, along with his wife, are the publishers of many award-winning natural history books (Cachuma Press).

When I'm not working in my office, I often like to garden or head to the hills behind my house. I take my "writing buddies," Willa and Scout (my golden retrievers), plus my newest little black & white dog (a poodle mix) named Oreo. While I hike, I like to think about my books. Sometimes I go further and visit our national parks. Many of my ideas come together after one of these "explores."

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The book is well organized and presented.
Robert Stone
This book tells how the Girl Scouts were born, and and is a wonderful biography of Juliette Gordon Low (Daisy!), the woman who made it happen.
K. Davis
Great photographs, and other historical items make this book an enjoyable read for children and adults.
K. Dubose

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Someone Else TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 23, 2011
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Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low's life is a wonderful example of how you can find your passion late in life and still make a big difference in the world. She was a very talented and energetic lady, but she frittered away her early years with dilettantism and made a bad marriage that left her widowed but wealthy. It wasn't until she was over fifty that she was inspired by Sir Robert Baden-Powell to bring the Girl Guides program (later renamed Girl Scouts) to the United States. Once she'd finally found her life's purpose, she became a different woman. She was focused and unstoppable, even while battling the cancer that eventually took her life.

This book covers Juliette Gordon Low's entire life. It's full of interesting history, but the first half has almost nothing about Girl Scouts. That's not a criticism of the book, it's just the way Daisy's life unfolded. I do think I would have wanted to know that ahead of time if I'd been handed the book as a youngster. I would have grown impatient wondering when it was going to get to the part about Girl Scouts. Even as an adult I was eager to get to that part, and I enjoyed the second half more than the first.

Ginger Wadsworth has written several other books for young people, and she's also had a lifelong passion for the Girl Scout program. She's done a wonderful job with this biography. It's a must-read for anyone with a fondness for the Girl Scout organization, past and present. It's fun to compare your own experiences with those of the early Girl Scouts with regard to badges earned, service projects, and the uniforms they wore. The book has a lot of photos and copies of documents and advertisements to give you a real feeling for the era.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Brazier VINE VOICE on October 10, 2011
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This well-researched, enjoyable book tells about the very beginnings of Girl Scouting. It realistically documents the life of its foundress Juliette Low and how she came upon her life purpose to create and nurture history's most influential, lasting, and successful girl's organization. Brimming with great photographs, it is enjoyable for adults and children alike. Readers will love the anecdotes about this unique, highly motivated, talented woman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Dubose VINE VOICE on November 16, 2011
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This is an enjoyable book that tells about the very beginnings of Girl Scouting. It realistically documents the life of Juliette Low who was born on Halloween and went on to create one of the world's premiere organizations for girls and women. Great photographs, and other historical items make this book an enjoyable read for children and adults. This would make a great gift for any girl scout or girl scout alumnus on this 100 year anniversary of the Girls Scouts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Aeschliman VINE VOICE on October 16, 2011
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First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low is a biography about the founder of the Girl Scout program in the United States. This book was written by Ginger Wadsworth; according to the acknowledgments, she talks about the various locations she visited that are associated with Juliette's life, as well as the various contacts and help she had from the Girl Scouts of the USA and the Girl Guides in Britain in order to compile all the information for this biography.

As a former Girl Scout myself, as well as being the mother of a current Girl Scout, this book piqued my interest. In my old Girl Scout handbook, there was a several pages devoted to a biography of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low, but this book really expounded on the information in my old handbook.

This book is being aimed at children who are nine to twelve years old or in fourth through seventh grade. I looked through my daughter's old Girl Scout Junior handbook, since that's basically the age group this book is targeted at. I was aghast to see how little information was in her handbook about Juliette Gordon Low, and how the choice had been made to have what information was presented in first person from Juliette's perspective. This book will definitely provide much more information to the girls in this age range than what has been made available in the more recent handbooks put out by the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Daisy lived quite an extraordinary life, and Wadsworth is able to convey it in such a way that it draws the reader into the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ReneeSuz VINE VOICE on November 14, 2011
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First Girl Scout tells the entire life story of Juliette Gordon Low. It is a very visually pleasing book with lots of photos, nice layout, and eye catching cover. Each chapter's title is shown as a Scout badge.
This title is being advertised for ages 9 and up but I would not give this book to a child so young as we do learn about Juliette's husband having a mistress. I think because of that incident being included, the book should be reserved for middle school students and older. Although written for youth, adults will find this nearly 200 page book an enjoyable read to learn about the founder of Girl Scouts in the USA.
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