“The work of to-day is the history of to-morrow, and we are it’s maker.” (Here Come the Girl Scouts, 2012)
When my daughter and I discovered at our local library, Here Come the Girl Scouts! The Amazing All True Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure, we were immediately drawn to the story. Lately, my daughter and I have been very interested in non fiction picture books, especially about topics that we can relate to such as the Girl Scouts.
Here Come the Girl Scouts! written by Shana Corey and illustrated by Hadley Hooper was immediately interesting to both my son and daughter. The book begins with the statement, “Daisy was a girl with gumption.” This immediately began the conversation about “What is gumption?” which is described on the opposite page, “courage”, “spunk”, “initiative” and “wit”. The author takes your through the adventurous and exciting life of Girl Scouts founder, Juliette Gordon Law (always known as Daisy). The engaging text and interesting illustrations immediately draws in a child’s attention. The book gives factual information about the history of how the Girl Scouts were created with valuable lessons for children to learn that are embedded in the story.
I love reviewing books with empowering and unique characters that change the world. As you are reading this book to your child, pause and define key words that are important to the story. Words such as “honorable”, “loyal” and “thrifty” are just some words to get started with. As you are reading, use various strategies such as the Think Aloud strategy and/or Jotting to keep notes on the book as you are reading it. This is a book that can be read over and over again and contains interesting facts for both children and adults. In the back of the book, the author Shana Corey shares a page of influential women with more facts about Daisy and the history of the Girl Scouts.
I was fascinated by this book and wanted to learn more by connecting with the author, Shana Corey. Thank you Shana for answering my questions! To learn more about Shana, check out her website here.