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  • Title: Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts
  • Author: Stacy A. Cordery
  • ISBN: 9780670023301
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In celebration of the Girl Scouts centennial, a lively salute to its maverick founder Born at the start of the Civil War, Juliette Gordon Low grew up in Georgia, where she struggled to reconcile being a good Southern belle with her desire to run barefoot through the fields Deafened by an accident, Daisy married a dashing British aristocrat and moved to England B In celebration of the Girl Scouts centennial, a lively salute to its maverick founder Born at the start of the Civil War, Juliette Gordon Low grew up in Georgia, where she struggled to reconcile being a good Southern belle with her desire to run barefoot through the fields Deafened by an accident, Daisy married a dashing British aristocrat and moved to England But she was ultimately betrayed by her husband and dissatisfied by the aimlessness of privileged life Her search for a greater purpose ended when she met Robert Baden Powell, war hero, adventurer, and founder of the Boy Scouts Captivated with his program, Daisy aimed to instill the same useful skills and moral values in young girls with an emphasis on fun She imported the Boy Scouts sister organization, the Girl Guides, to Savannah in 1912 Rechristened the Girl Scouts, it grew rapidly because of Juliette Low s unquenchable determination and energetic, charismatic leadership.In Juliette Gordon Low, Cordery paints a dynamic portrait of an intriguing woman and a true pioneer whose work touched the lives of millions of girls and women around the world.
    Juliette Gordon Low The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts In celebration of the Girl Scouts centennial a lively salute to its maverick founder Born at the start of the Civil War Juliette Gordon Low grew up in Georgia where she struggled to reconcile being

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    1. A deep history of the woman behind the group the Girl Scouts , Juliette Gordon Low is excellent, historically evocative and an amazing story of resilience and love.

    2. I read this book to disabuse myself and others of the notion that Juliette Gordon Low s deafness was solely caused by having wedding rice thrown in her ears Being deaf myself, I am grateful that the author of this admirable biography discusses Daisy s as JGL was known hearing impairment in reasonable medical terms and also thoughtfully imagines how her deaf identity affected her life The story is an inspiring one A woman of privilege, who made a disastrous marriage, found purpose in creating an [...]

    3. Informative but a bit heavy on names and dates and therefore a bit of a dry read I d have liked to have heard about the personalities and interactions of key players in a way that showed who they were rather than the dry factual reporting of their actions In fairness to the author though, that may not be the type of book she wanted to write If you like traditionally written history emphasis on names, dates, places and famous names rather than people driven history , this will work for you.

    4. I read this in one night It s a great story of how Juliette Low, her life in ruins after being betrayed by her ne er do well husband, found purpose in her work with The Girl Guides in Scotland and then England, and went on to found Girl Scouts in the USA A couple of things that really struck me was that Juliette realized early on probably because of her International work that girls must be allowed to substitute their own words for God in the Promise, something that has allowed Girl Scouting to [...]

    5. Biography of the Girl Scouts of America s founder The facts I remember about Juliette Gordon Low from my days as Girl Scout are scattered She became deaf when a piece of rice was lodged in her ear at her wedding Her family affectionately referred to her as Daisy She founded an organization that meant the world to me The book was a little bit drier than I expected, but I appreciated the thorough research that went into it I liked watching the story of the woman I though I knew begin to flesh out [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this biography of Juliette Gordon Low written by Stacy A Cordery I choose to read this book to learn about Juliette Gordon Low s life I have fond memories of my own days as a Brownie and a Girl Scout I knew only a little bit about Ms Low s life from my Girl Scout days I knew of her hearing disability and the incident of wedding rice getting into her ear which made her hearing worse But what I didn t know is what a remarkable life she led This book really brought to life her ama [...]

    7. I was a Girl Scout for 10 years I joined after the death of my grandmother and became inconsolable I fleeted between 2 worlds and didn t seem to fit in the one of the living nor the one in the here after Out of desperation to wake me from my sadness, my mother signed me up as a brownie in 1987 The challenge of body and mind the deep, enduring friendships and the soul moving experiences with nature not only woke me, but gave me a desire to live again I became who I am today because of the sacrifi [...]

    8. This was not my cup of tea As a new Girl Scout leader who did not grow up with scouting, I thought it would be good to learn a bit about where scouting came from This is the third biography I ve read about Daisy Juliette Gordon Low, and it s my least favorite Some of the historical facts do not match up with the other two biographies.While this book does contain some truly facinating information showing how the activities of the very first patrols impact us today meeting snack time appears to st [...]

    9. Amazing book about an amazing woman I wish I had known this when I was a Girl Scout leadere older girls would love it A quick trip to India from Georgia at the turn of the 20th centuryWOW

    10. Seemed kinda dry when I perused the first few pages I m not sure how well the author really connected with the subject.

    11. Seldom would I rate a biography as a page turner but this one makes my list It is well written, filled with personality and anecdotes as well as hard facts The author blends a compelling woman with the history around her life into a wonderful story As a Girl Scout member for decades I am ashamed to admit how little I knew of Daisy Gordon s life The basic facts of her childhood in Savannah, Georgia, developing deafness in adulthood and some vague connection with living in England where she met Lo [...]

    12. This book was an awesome research endeavor and incredibly appreciated I m a troop leader, never herself a scout, so it was great to have a thoughtful resource on the founder instead of web bullet lists to understand her story She was incredible and flawed and yet hard to fault for her energy and genuine personhood This book also lends perspective on the American experience in late 19th and early 20th century A woman trying to create opportunities for girls of diverse classes, races, and faiths w [...]

    13. A fairly interesting read although I found that I wanted to know things that were not covered in the book probably because the historical records don t exist

    14. Wonderful woman Wonderful life Wonderful organization for women and girls Wonderful book Cordery did a wonderful job.

    15. Like many children growing up in the 1960 s I joined a scout troop as a Brownie and kept with scouting till I graduated from high school I really enjoyed the Girl Scout summer camps now long gone due to the economy and working on badges But it really never dawned on me that the Girl Scouting organization we now have was due to one very strong willed woman in the early 1900 s.Juliette Daisy Gordon was born in 1860 as a Southern belle in Savannah Georgia Her mother was from a very prominent Chicag [...]

    16. Happy memories of being in Girl Scouts when I was little led me to check this out after hearing an NPR interview with the author Honestly, it wasn t as interesting as I d hoped It starts out well with description of the tensions between her Northern mother and Southern father during the Civil War, and presents an interesting portrait of Low as an adventurous woman fascinated by life and looking for ways to contribute, never letting her deafness or miserable husband keep her down for long But whe [...]

    17. Read this biography for a book club I have to say that I would not have liked Juliette Gordon Low if I had known her at least not how she as portrayed in this book as an energetic, charismatic, but spoiled and manipulative socialite She spent the first 50 years of her life searching for a purpose, which she did not find in her failed marriage, or in motherhood, or in traveling the world in luxury with titled personages She was, of course, constrained by the Victorian era and the high society int [...]

    18. How does a divorced, childless, sickly woman in her late 40s change the world In the late 1800s, no less Juliette Daisy Gordon Low was born into a prominent Savannah family All she was expected to do was marry well and have children Welp, Daisy s marriage ended in a divorce widowhood, and she could bear no children And she was partially deaf Now what This book brings you into Daisy s life and shows you exactly how a child nicknamed Crazy Daisy ended up enriching the lives of millions of girls, e [...]

    19. I am a life long Girl Scout Reading about the founder, Juliette Gordon Low, of the organization I have dedicated to filled me with joy and fulfillment Most of the book is focused on her life before Girl Scouts which makes sense given the lateness in her life when she was ready to found such a ground breaking organization Cordery masterfully illustrates Daisy s relatives, the wars they participated in, her life abroad, her beliefs and hardships All of these traits made me respect Daisy even and [...]

    20. Highly recommend this to anyone involved in Girl Scouts in any capacity, past, present or future Juliet Gordon Low was a remarkable woman and this book tells the story of her life, from beginning to end Born into privilege, her personal road was not always easy a bad marriage, a lifelong battle with hearing loss Despite this, and the limited roles openly granted to women in the early 20th century, JGL pushed the limits of propriety and forged a bold road for both herself and girls around the wor [...]

    21. Very well researched biography of the founder of the Girl Scouts I actually enjoyed all the details of Daisy Low s life My Mother was a Scout in the 20 s, I was a Scout in the 50 s and my daughters were Scouts in the 70 s and 80 s As a Scout, you were expected to know certain facts about the Founder and the origins of the Scouts in general This book is full of facts that might only be of interest to a former Scout like the origin of the first Girl Scout Cookies, 1,000,000 baked by a troop in New [...]

    22. Recommended Very much enjoyed this book not even so much b c I am a huge fan of the GS but b c it was a biography of a really interesting lady who lived at a very interesting time in US history her life spanned the Civil War and then the First WW and her family and life history crossed paths with a lot of other interesting, influential names whom we would all recognize I am now reading another bio by this same author about another interesting lady Alice Roosevelt Longworth, and am enjoying this [...]

    23. I love biographies This is the first biography of Juliette Gordon Low I have read since reading a children s version back when I was a Brownie scout It was interesting to read about her life and the difficulties she overcame before founding the Girl Scouts I liked this book It had lots of interesting details about Juliette Gordon Low s life I had wanted to know since visiting Savannah a few years ago.

    24. I desperately wanted to love this book as I was a Girl Scout for many years but I just could not connect with it I wanted to hear about Girl Scouting rather than the entire first half of the book being about her social life I know a person s early years often plays a role in their later life but I did not see the connection or the importance of dwelling on it.

    25. Excellent bio of Daisy Low, founder of the Girl Scouts She was born into a life of affluence in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, suffered in her marriage to an English playboy, then used her experiences talents to form a national organization for real girls I love Savannah I love the Girl Scouts, so this book spoke to me

    26. As a former Girl Scout and leader, I was most interested in reading this biography of Daisy Low While is was a bit slow in spots specifically her marriage to Willy Low , I found the book to be all I could ask for I do have to wonder if it is as interesting to women who were not Girl Scouts growing up Happy 100th Anniversary GSA

    27. I am a huge Girl Scout enthusiast, and reading this book only made me passionate about the movement Inspiring to see how her vision and passion still inspire the organization today, but I perhaps liked the first part of the book , to learn about a woman ahead of her time who experienced so much in such a short life.

    28. Very interesting story about the Founder of Girl Scouts aka Girl Guides Daisy as she is known by her friends family was born at the start of the Civil War in Savannah, Georgia.As a bonus, we get to see what was happening historically around the world during Daisy s life.It should be noted that 2012 is the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting.

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