Gotta Have It: A Book That Inspires Girls to Be Girls

A manual for girly fun and games.
The Daring Book for Girls

Courtesy of HarperCollins

Do you feel wistful for that not-so-long-ago time when little girls weren't attached to cell phones, playing with Bratz dolls and idolizing sexy starlets? Authors -- and moms -- Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz feel the same way, so they teamed up to write The Daring Book for Girls, a manual for low-tech, old-school girl obsessions like Chinese jump rope and Cootie Catchers (we can still fold one in our sleep). Inspired by the best-selling book The Dangerous Book for Boys, Buchanan and Peskowitz's book is a throwback to the days of good, clean, Girl Scout-inspired fun. With this manual, your daughter will know which games to play at her next slumber party (remember "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board"?) as well as how to make a cloth-covered book. And it's not just for girly-girl types; the book also has how-tos for tracking animal prints, spying on your brother, and paddling a canoe. To inspire adventure (and to give readers a shot of "You go girl!" self-esteem), the authors profile historic female inventors, queens, and explorers.

Page through it with your daughter, and point out which games you liked best when you were a kid. And when she skulks off to play with her Webkinz, curl up with it yourself to get a refresher on how to make a friendship bracelet.

The Daring Book for Girls retails for $24.95 and is available at bookstores nationwide. Go to for more information.

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