Kadushin, whose lush voice brought the heroine of Stephenie Meyers's Twilightseries to life, does her best to inject some intrigue and mystery into this mile-wide, inch-deep compendium of random facts billed as a "manual for everything that girls need to know," a selection from the bestselling book. Alas, the audio version, replete with time lines, 14 variations of how to play tag and sesquipedalian vocabulary words, sorely lacks dynamism. The brief histories of famous women-Joan of Arc, Marie Curie, Salome-make for more engaging listening than material about how to change a tire or administer first aid. Listeners might find themselves wishing for something akin to the screen selection feature on a DVD, so that if they need information on, say, what constitutes a foul in tetherball, they could get to it without having to wade through the section on women who have earned patents for various inventions. Without such an index, the listener is reduced to writing down the information Kadushin relays, which raises the question: isn't this available in book form? Simultaneous release with the Collins hardcover. (Nov.)Copyright 2007Reed Business Information
The Daring Book for Girls: Things to Doby Andrea J. Buchanan, Miriam Peskowitz
The Daring Book for Girls is the manual for everything that girls need to know -- and that doesn't mean sewing buttonholes! Whether it's female heroes in history, secret note-passing skills, science projects, friendship bracelets, double dutch, cats cradle, the perfect cartwheel or the eternal mystery of what boys are thinking, this book has it all. But it's not just a guide to giggling at sleepovers -- although that's included, of course! Whether readers consider themselves tomboys, girly-girls, or a little bit of both, this book is every girl's invitation to adventure.
Gr 3 Up
In the introduction, the authors invite girls to explore their world, which they warn is "bigger than you can imagine," and they deliver a resource that will help them to do just that. The pages that follow are filled with interesting activities to try and important facts they may not know, but are sure to keep them busy for hours. The authors cover everything from making a lemon-powered clock to the history of writing and cursive, from how to paddle a canoe to the Periodic Table of the Elements in clear, thoughtful language that readers of all ages are sure to embrace. There is a very subtle "girls can do anything" message. Many of the activities do require adult supervision and that is stated clearly on the verso page in the note to parents. This is a volume that will get passed down from girl to girl for years to come. An entertaining and informative companion to Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden's The Dangerous Book for Boys (Collins, 2007).
Shari FeskoCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author
Andrea Buchanan is the mother of a daughter and a son, both of whom are equally daring. Before she was a writer, she was a pianist who once performed a solo concert at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. This is her fifth book.
Miriam Peskowitz is the mother of two girls, including an eight-year-old who climbs trees and leads spy missions in the backyard. She has been a camp counselor, an historian, a blogger, a musician, a professor, and is the author of several books, including The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars.
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