Thursday, October 11, 2012

Review: Juliette Low, Girl Scout Founder by Helen Boud Higgins

Over two million Girl Scouts worldwide owe their membership to its founder, Juliette Low—a woman who, as a girl growing up in the post–Civil War South, refused to accept that girls couldn’t do everything boys could. Whether angrily defending her friend against taunts of schoolmates or rescuing a kitten from the highest branches of a tree, Low possessed the spirit and strength of character that would lead her in adulthood to act as a world-famous advocate for girls. Children will experience Low’s joy at the gift of her very own horse, feel her excitement at attending her first dance, and share her frustration with being thrust in to the role of a well-behaved 19th-century young lady who would rather have been riding, creating sculptures, or climbing.
I wasn't a Girl Scout when I was a kid, but I thought this book would be interesting anyway.

Juliette Low, Girl Scout Founder is about the childhood years of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. It starts with her experiences during the Civil War and extends up to how she came up with the idea of bringing the Girl Scouts to America.

I knew nothing about Juliette Low prior to reading this book so I'm not sure how much of this is real. However, I did Google her, and found that the major facts and events and people in the book actually did happen and exist.

There were times when I found Juliette (Daisy) annoying, but half the time, she was a spunky, interesting girl that showed an exuberance that made her perfect to be the leader of a troop of adventurous girls.

This book is excellent reading for Girl Scouts as it gives them a look at the childhood of their founder, but I think girls who prefer horses and adventure over more girly things will enjoy this as well.

Thanks to NetGalley and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) for the e-copy.


  1. It's pretty faithful to her life story.
  2. It has history lessons too.
  3. The relationships between the characters are very realistic.


  1. Juliette can seem annoying sometimes.

There was fried chicken and biscuits and gravy and milk and jelly and apple pie.

  1. You were a Girl Scout.
  2. You like historical children's books.
  3. You like adventurous heroines.




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  1. I loved the Childhood of Famous American books when I was in the fourth grade. My only problem with them is that if children are using them for research, they don't have as many facts as I would like, but they are fun to read.

    1. Hi, Ms. Yingling. I agree with you. It's a good way for kids to learn stuff without it being boring.


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