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Juliette Gordon Low; The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts

by on March 12th, 2012
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I have been enjoying my annual supply of Girl Scout cookies while reading the brand new adult biography called, Juliette Gordon Low; The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts, written by Stacy A. Cordery.  Today, March 12, 2012, marks the centenary of the Girl Scouts in America. This is a scholarly work written by an Illinois history professor who has written a couple of other biographies on Teddy Roosevelt and one on Alice Roosevelt Longworth.  Having been a Girl Scout myself, as well as a Girl Scout leader for my daughter’s troop for seven years, I was anxious to read more about the founder of Girl Scouting.  My interest was piqued by a tour of the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace in Savannah a couple of years ago while vacationing.  I found the adult biography detailing Daisy’s hearing loss, her childhood and family life, her marriage to an adulterous British fellow, her relationship to Sir Robert Baden-Powell (the founder of the Boy Scouts), and the establishment of the Girl Scout movement—the endeavor “Daisy” undertook to make a difference in the world—to be a fascinating read.  The old black and white photographs included in the book were neat to see.  History really came to life for me reading this book.  I have so many fond memories of my Girl Scouting years, both as a girl and as a leader, plus the visit to Savannah, and my continued support of the Girl Scouts through their annual cookie sales, that I was the perfect reader for Cordery’s new book.  The documentation and resources, notes, bibliography, and index included are impressive.  All the primary sources the author examined make for a truly accurate biography of the woman who began the largest and most beloved girls and women’s organization in the world.

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About Katherine

Where would you find me in the Library:
In the Children's Room
Interesting facts:
Hobbies: gourmet cooking and baking, shopping for antiques, reading, watching tennis on TV, photography, traveling.
I got my Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri in 1974 and have worked as a Children's Librarian in Illinois and Wisconsin as well as over 20 years at ICPL.
I live in Coralville with my husband, Wes, who works at ACT and plays clarinet in various bands. Our son, Brent, is in the Army JAG Corps and is currently stationed at Fort Detrick in Maryland. Our daughter, Kelly, is an environmentalist in Corvallis, Oregon.
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