About The Double-Daring Book for Girls

Not often in history haveDaring Book for Girls Cover girls and women been encouraged to be daring. It’s a remarkable word, daring: old-fashioned and forward-looking all at the same time. With all the rules we’re given about what girls should and shouldn’t do, a little daring can go a long way.

As we learned in the original Daring Book for Girls, daring comes in many flavors. It can mean seeking adventure and being bold when bold is called for. It can mean being confident and brave and saying yes to the good risks that life brings your way. It is true that some daring happens on a grand scale, such as rafting down a raging river, surfing monster waves, saving lives, or traveling on a worldwide expedition. But everyday daring, courage, and bravery are no less important, whether it’s trying something new, sticking up for someone who is being teased, or taking a small chance that winds up making a big difference.

When we put together The Double-Daring Book for Girls, we discovered daring girls and women everywhere we looked. Cowgirls who dared to ride horses and rope cattle. Bicycle-riding women who traded their Victorian hoopskirts for bloomers at a time when women weren’t allowed to wear pants. Women and girls who risked their lives escaping slavery on the Underground Railroad—and who then, daringly, helped others escape, too. Women who looked to the skies and discovered the secrets of the universe, and daring girls who became musicians and scientists and leaders when no one thought women should do these things.

In addition to inspiring stories like these, The Double-Daring Book for Girls is bursting with crafts and games, sports and knowledge, and facts about the world. In these pages, girls can discover everything from how to make an electric buzzer game to how to create lightning in your mouth; from car camping and star gazing to turning your backyard into a farm; from making your own piñata out of papier-mâché to creating your own fun at slumber parties. Daring girls can learn to run a magazine or paint a room, run off and join the circus, or put on a show. With chapters on scoubidou braiding, dream catchers, card games, and even a whole chapter of stuff to do when you’re bored, no girl will ever be at a loss for things to do.

Daring is all around us. It is in girls who break barriers and girls who help out friends. It is in girls who scale mountains and girls who speak their minds. It is in girls who make things and girls who ask questions, girls who set their sights on adventure and girls who find adventure in their own backyards. Daring is about finding your journey and following your dreams—getting off the sidelines and getting in the game, whatever your game may be.

So fire up your inner daring, turn the page, and remember the daring girl credo: Enjoy yourself, learn new things, and lead an interesting life.

Go on—we double-dare you!

—Andrea J. Buchanan & Miriam Peskowitz

ANDREA J. BUCHANAN is the mother of a girl and a boy, both of whom are equally daring. She is the author of several books, including Mother Shock. Before she was a writer, she was a pianist who once performed a solo concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Visit Andi on the web at www.andibuchanan.com.

MIRIAM PESKOWITZ is the mother of two girls, including a nine-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. For more on Miriam, see www.miriampeskowitz.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction viii
Stargazing 1
Constellations 3
Notable Women I: Astronomers 7
Rock Towers 9
Lacrosse 10
Hula-Hoops 15
The Greek Alphabet 17
How to Conduct an Orchestra 18
A Short History of the Bicycle 20
Picnic Games 23
Paper Cup Candles 26
Tic-Tac-Toe Around the World 29
Collective Nouns About Animals 31
Card Games 32
Scrabble Words 34
Fun Things to Do with Paper 36
Cowgirls 43
How to Dye Your Hair Using Kool-Aid 48
Make a Decoupage Bowl 49
Dangerous Volcanoes 51
Tennis 53
Make a Lava Lamp 57
Labyrinths 58
Turning Your Backyard into a Farm 60
Courage 63
Sundials 64
The Chinese New Year 66
Notable Women II : Dancers 70
Cricket 72
Lightning 75
How to Waltz 78
Furoshiki 80
The Double-Daring Girl’s Guide to Getting Out of Trouble 83
Japanese Tea Ceremony 84
Friendship 87
Football 89
How to Throw—and Catch—a Football 92
Car Camping 93
Tying a Sarong 98
Batik 99
Sand Castles 101
Months and Days 103
How to Catch Fish 107
Notable Women III : Math and Science 109
Make a Piñata from Papier Mâché 114
Slumber Party Games 117
The Nobel Prize 118
Pogo Sticks 120
How to Run Away and Join the Circus 121
How to Make a Rope Ladder 124
Scoubidou 126
The Underground Railroad 131
Dreams and Their Meanings 135
Dream Journal 138
Dream Catchers 139
Commonly Confused Words 141
How to Make a Scarecrow 142
The Moon and Moon Lore 144
Make a Snow Globe 149
Phrases and Idioms and Their Origins 150
How to Become President of the United States of America 153
Quilling 158
Playing the Harmonica 161
Horses 162
Sailing Phrases 164
Worry Dolls 167
Measurements 169
Electric Buzzer Game 174
Being a Private Eye 177
How to Play Croquet 178
Surfing 182
Notable Women IV: Eleanor of Aquitaine 186
Stepping Stones 189
How to Say No / How to Say Yes 190
Dancing the Cotton-Eyed Joe 192
Shooting Pool 194
Math Tricks 198
Words to Impress 199
How to Paint a Room 201
Running a Magazine 204
How to Build a Raft 207
April Fools’ Day 210
Dominoes 213
How to Practice Anything 215
Calamity Jane 217
What to Do When You’re Bored 219
Charades 222
Yo-Yos 224
Rhetoric 227
Bocce, Horseshoes, Shuffleboard, Lawn Bowling, and Quoits 230
How to Organize a Tournament 234
Notable Women V: Arts and Letters 235
Whittling 240
Putting on a Show 242
How to Say Hello, Good-bye, and Thank You Around the World 246
Swimming 250
Practical Life 253
Calligraphy 256
Making Antique Paper 261
How to Debate 262
The Long and Short of It 264
Windowsill Garden 266
Optical Illusions 268
How to Start a Mother-Daughter Book Club 271
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