A Good Read for Daring Girls

daring-girls.jpgAs a mother to two young girls I was excited to have the opportunity to receive a review copy of The Daring Book for Girls from MotherTalk, which was written by MotherTalk founders Andrea Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz.

The Daring Book for Girls is a manual of the art of being a girl. Some of these activities might be forgotten in this era of iPods and texting and require only one’s imagination and perhaps the simplest of resources, like a deck of cards or a sturdy jump rope. Sometimes I wonder if my girls will miss out by never knowing a simpler time when a letter was something tactile that you found waiting like a friend in the mailbox, and not something you clicked on a computer keyboard to retrieve.

For me, this book stirred up a lot of nice childhood memories. I grew up in the country, literally with the chickens, off a road that was not paved until I was a teenager. If I got bored, I’d climb a tree and perch for hours with a good book or I’d brush one of our horses. In the summers I would play tag in the barn with my neighbors’ grandchildren, jumping from itchy hay bale to hay bale. If it was raining we’d play skating rink in our sock feet in the formal living room.

Childhood is a time for exploring and stretching one’s imagination. A blanket draped over a couple of chairs or a table can become a clubhouse with its own secret mysterious password. A backyard playset can become a pirate ship. A summer picnic by a creek can become a grand expedition to find fish and crawdads.


The Daring Book for Girls is a beautiful hard cover book, full of ideas and information, from how to make a friendship bracelet to games to play at slumber parties to women spies and stately queens throughout history, to share with the daring girls in your life. It would make a lovely birthday present or even baby shower present. Read more about it on the book’s official website.

p.s. I feel compelled to update and add that I am receiving a $20 Amazon gift certificate for doing this review. Normally I receive no monetary payment for the product reviews I post (however, most of the time, I get to keep the product itself.) So, in the spirit of full disclosure I just wanted ya’ll to know!


  1. nap warden says:

    I just had this book in my hand at the bookstore yesterday. I didn’t know what it was, babies were crying…I didn’t get it, I just got out of there. Now I am going to give it a second look.

    BTW, we had the same childhood, right down to the crawdads!

  2. Mrs. Flinger says:

    Thanks, Jamie. I’ve seen the book around and never picked it up! I’ll have to do so now. 🙂

  3. malia says:

    That sounds like a great book for this Brownie scout leader! Got to put that one my Christmas list!

  4. Anne says:

    funny, i just bought that for my niece. i am glad they came up with an analog to the danergous book for boys. i liked that one too.

  5. Rachel says:

    Thanks so much! This is going on my list of must haves and must reads!!! I love (and miss) the simpler pleasures of my own childhood. All this technology and ‘interactive’ toy craze scares and saddens me!
    Thanks for the heads up hon!

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