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on December 30, 2012
I teach reading and math to special education students. Fostering an interest in reading books "for fun" is difficult enough for students who have developed an extreme aversion to reading in general, but capturing their interest in "reading for information" is a monumental undertaking. Every winter break I try to find a book they will read and reread. This year (and the last few years) I got this book for my girls. They were thrilled. They were observed reading it every spare minute! When they returned to school after the break, this book was constantly read and reread.
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VINE VOICEon April 6, 2011
That's a fair question if you already have or plan to get The Daring Book for Girls because 30 of the items in this book are also found in the big blue book. (Interestingly, there is no overlap with anything in The Double-Daring Book for Girls.)

The 11 following items are the only ones unique to this book:

Page 5, "Make Your Own Zip Line", for zipping between trees in your own backyard.
Page 18, "How to Run Faster".
Page 35, "How to Skateboard".
Page 66, "Drawing a Face".
Page 85, How to "Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk". (Hint: Unless you live on the lip of a bubbling volcano, chances are you really can't because it never actually gets hot enough, but there are a few tricks and tips that can make sidewalk egg-frying interesting, if not exactly edible.)
Page 94, "How to Look at a Leaf", expanded from the "Hiking" item in the big blue book.
Page 104, How to perform the "Tinikling (Bamboo Dance)", something you might have seen performed before in movies or on television.
Page 113, "How to Make a Pillowcase Skirt".
Page 126, "Tracking Animals"", expanded from the "Hiking" item in the big blue book.
Page 143, "Make a Homemade Geyser" using Mentos Mint Candy, 1.32-Ounce Rolls and diet soda.
Page 207, "Miscellanea", skips some from and adds some to those listed in the "Miscellanea" item in the big blue book.

In addition many of the items have different illustrations.

Note: Anyone who has been reluctant to purchase the big blue book because as I and a number of reviewers have noted, it includes a handful of truly questionable activities, which devout Christians will consider dabbling with the occult, and which others may question because in the absence of supernatural powers they are arguably a big fat waste of time, have another reason for choosing to purchase this book. In what IMHO cannot possibly be a coincidence ALL of the offending items have been left out of this book.

Would that the authors and the publisher had had the wisdom to leave them out of the big blue book.

Those interested in further books in this series are directed here: The Pocket Daring Book for Girls: Wisdom & Wonder.
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on June 15, 2008
These are the responses of my 12-year-old granddaughter during a hurried trip to catch a plane. Julia is very smart and social. She went through the book but has not read it fully.

She finds good things in it, especially in the Things to Do selections, but on the whole thinks it more suitable for younger girls, such as her 10-year old cousin (also bright but much less mature). It wouldn't do for her and her group; they would find it below their standard. Also, she found it old-fashioned (we mentioned the style may be deliberate). In sum, a great book for younger girls. On that basis she would give it four stars
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on May 3, 2014
Sign of the times-girls can be as daring as the boys. Hope they stay young and enjoy the pleasures contained in this book - scared when they get older and move on to other daring thing. Many things not to be missed while growing up.
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on September 30, 2012
This book is adorable. I think that there is a great balance between typical girl activities, and things most people don't involve their girls in. I don't mind dressing my daughter in pink and flowers, but I plan to bring her up to be tough and strong like most think is meant for boys. Girls and boys need to find a balance instead of saying girls are delicate and boys are tough.
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on February 23, 2016
My seven year old granddaughter immediately bonded with this and quickly picked out projects she wanted to try. Some of the activities require the assistance of an adult, but still fun to look at and dream.
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on September 15, 2008
I bought this for my 9 year old granddaughter. I was excited to see all the fun activities and things to make that were included. She likes the book, too, and is eager to try lots of new things!
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on January 24, 2014
I chose this rating because of the wonderful things girls can do at any time in their lives. They can enjoy fellowship and sportsmanship with one and all. Anything that will get a child moving is the best thing. We have too many children using electronic devices and not getting to really know one another or move their bodies. I want to see kids playing, not nodding to each other as they type another line. To really interact and join in with life instead of letting it slip by. It's like watching an alcoholic enter the bar at midday and not seeing them again until the middle of the night. So much they miss, like our children are missing when they reach for that controller or IPad.
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on July 5, 2008
I only wish I had this as a girl. Can't wait to get the other volume for my daughter.
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on January 2, 2013
Got these books for our niece for Christmas. She isn't much for reading but seemed to really like these books. So much adventure within these pages.
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