Being a bit immature, I got embarrassingly excited when I received my copy of The Daring Book for Girls. I can't even say "I would have been totally all over this book 20-some years ago," because I was totally all over this book, and I was born in the summer of love (smokescreen for my advanced age).
This book is a great reference for girls, from the glitter and turquoise-blue hardcover to the directions on levitating your friends, to the trivia snippet that Julia Childs was a SPY before she became a world-renown chef. I lent it to my 10 year-old niece, Katia, whose eyes lit up with supreme delight and gratefulness when I asked her to spend some time with it and give me her review. Later, as we flipped through the pages together, she said, "oh, yes, I read that... those songs were fun... I tried that... " and by the end, it turned out she had gone through it cover to cover. Her mom told me she had to pry it away from her to have a look at it herself.
The only criticisms she had were the table of contents, ("too difficult to find things"), some of the instructions ("a bit muddled") and some of the activities she tried didn't work. She attributed this to her being young and that she'd be better at them, "when I'm a bit older."
We both agreed it's a great reference with really fun ideas that can lead you to follow your interests with greater depth elsewhere -- reading palms, for example, something she and I agreed we both would like to know more about.
Neither of us could tie our hair up with a pencil, alas. Her hair was too long, mine too short. I got hers up with a chopstick, with a few alterations in the directions here and there. We had a lovely time together, and I think that it's a great, great book for forming and cementing female relationships, whether it be friend to friend, mother to daughter, or aunt to niece. Since I don't have any girls, I'm going to cover it with a plain paper cover and use it with my boys when they get older... Do you think they'll catch on?
* The Daring Book for Girls is written by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz