Daring and dangerous
It’s been a while since I did a Tuesday book review, and I realized that I never commented on the Daring Book for Girls. It’s a nice book, with a mixture of traditional girls’ activities (double dutch, cats cradle, slumber parties), not so traditional activities (karate, campfires), practical skills (first aid, changing a tire, basic money management) and straight-up feminism (bios of women scientists and spies and a bunch of queens). If I had a daughter, I’d give it to her with much less reservation than I have in giving my sons the companion Dangerous book.
In fact, I mostly left the Daring book wishing that Miriam and Andi had gotten to do the book for boys as well as for girls. Fundamentally, if the Daring book is a throwback to the 70s, the Dangerous book is a throwback much further, perhaps to Teddy Roosevelt’s youth. And it seems a lot more useful for my sons to know how to change a tire or balance a checkbook than to make their own bow and arrows.