Today marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts in the United States. A couple of books have just been published to honor the occasion and celebrate the life of founder, Juliette Gordon Low.
One book is the picture book biography geared for K-3 children titled, Here Come the Girl Scouts! The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure. This book is written by Shana Corey who was inspired by her own mother who was a Girl Scout in Savannah, Georgia, where the movement began. The author tells about Daisy, a girl with gumption, who wanted to do something meaningful with her life. Although from a wealthy Savannah family, Daisy was not like other girls who wanted to be prim and proper; she wanted to have adventures, be outside in nature, and see the world. As a young women she road elephants in India, visited the Great Pyramid in Egypt, and even flew in an early airplane. Daisy liked to go fishing, boating, and camping. After meeting Sir Robert Baden-Powell in England, founder of the Boy Scout movement, Daisy returned to Georgia to start the first Girl Scout troop in America and that is the beginning of the organization that now boasts over 3.2 million members. More than 50 million American women enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhoods. Reading this picture book will remind young girls that Daisy believed girls could do anything and she lived a life that proved it. The delightful illustrations by Hadley Hooper extend the story of the life of an early feminist. Also included in the back material is further factual information about Daisy, the Girl Scout Promise, and the Girl Scout Law.