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A History of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (Hardback)

Brownies, Rainbows and WAGGGS

P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century P&S History > Social History

By Julie Cook
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 184
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399003414
Published: 10th October 2022



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A History of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts: Brownies, Rainbows and WAGGGS charts the evolution of the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from its early days as a movement started before WW1 right through to the modern day. With real life interviews with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from their 90s down to young children, this book looks at what being a Girl Guide has meant through the ages up to the present day. With dramatic and often emotional stories of what it was like to be an evacuated Brownie in the Second World War, a disabled Girl Guide and with tales of girls' heroism throughout the two great wars both in the UK and the United States, this book extols the Guiding and Scouting movement as one that has evolved with women and girls' rights and its hopes for the future.

"This is a valuable social history which does not attempt to be an archival research book. The author charts the evolution of these organisations for girls from the early days before the Great War up to the modern day. Alongside this the author tracks the growth of movements for women's rights."

Bristol and Avon Family History Society Journal - March 2023, Number 191

An interesting read especially for those involved with Girlguiding UK and Girlscouts USA.

It takes the movement through the last 100 years plus at each stage and documents how the movement changed with what was happening to girls and women in Britain and USA at the time and how the movement tried t change to remain relevant or not as some of the anecdotes seem to suggest.
Lovey details from newspapers and how they reported historically as well as how it as all put together for Buckingham Palace Guides,
A concise read to remind me personally how the movement must continue to change to be relevant to today's girls..

NetGalley, Helen Pickett

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As a former girl guide and leader I was fascinated by the social history aspect of this book - it was very interesting and well researched with lots of first hand accounts of events.

NetGalley, Rachel Fraser

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As a leader in training of a Rainbows unit I found this book very informative about the history of the organisation of guiding. A very interesting read.

NetGalley, Jade Reynolds

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was a fantastic book. I loved every minute of this book that I had to read it all in one sitting. Although I was never in the guides or brownies I wish I was. But I did send my daughter there. So I just had to read this book when I found it. And I wasn't disappointed. It explains the whole history so well and was amazingly wrote that it was a fascinating story. I learnt so much from reading it and reading the values made me so happy and proud of the job they still do for our girls. It was amazing reading about the evolution of the group as I experienced my daughter going through the new badging system to modernise it some more. I couldn't believe how much they did during the second World War. Its so true what they say that girls who go through the ranks come out as well rounded young ladies. Especially having respect for those around them. They definitely learnt wonderful values as it shows through in the book. This book flowed easily and was a wonderful heartwarming read. I really can't recommend this book enough. If you have ever been or want your girls to become brownies or girl scouts you will love read this book. Especially seen as though it contains first hand accounts of those that have been throughout the years.

Only the highest of praise goes out to the author and publishers for bringing us this fascinating history book that contains everything you could ever want to know about girl scouts.

NetGalley, Claire Lavin

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have been a Scout Leader for years and this book was a good way to learn more about a movement who is fundamental in what I am.
It's well researched, well written and there's plenty of interesting stories and details.
Highly recommended.

NetGalley, Anna Maria Giacomasso

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About Julie Cook

Julie Cook is an author and journalist for national newspapers and magazines. Her first book The Titanic and the City of Widows it left Behind was published by Pen and Sword in 2020. Julie lives with her husband and children in Hampshire, England.

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