The Gutsy Girl

The Gutsy Girl

Escapades for your Life of Epic Adventure

Book - 2016
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Why should girls miss out on the joy of adventure? They can jump off rocks, swing on ropes, and climb trees just as well as boys can. But girls often allow fear to stand in their way. In The Gutsy Girl, author Caroline Paul emboldens girls to seek out a life of exhilaration. Once a young scaredy-cat herself, Caroline decided that fear got in the way of the life she wanted--of excitement, confidence, self-reliance, friendship, and fun. She has since flown planes, rafted big rivers, climbed tall mountains, and fought fires as one of the first female firefighters in San Francisco. In The Gutsy Girl, she shares her greatest escapades as well as those of other girls and women from throughout history, and offers engaging activities such as confidence-building stances, creating a compass, positive self-talk, and using crickets to estimate outside temperatures. Each section includes a place for girls to "journal" their adventures, thus encouraging a new generation to develop a zest for challenges and a healthy relationship to risk. The Gutsy Girl is Lean In for young girls, a book about the glorious things that happen when you unshackle from fear and open up to exhilaration. Fully illustrated and enlivened throughout by bestselling illustrator Wendy MacNaughton's whimsical pen-and-ink drawings.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2016
ISBN: 9781632861238
Branch Call Number: YA910.92 P32g
Characteristics: 149 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: MacNaughton, Wendy


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Aug 14, 2018

I enjoyed this! It was not at all as I expected but I loved reading about a girl and woman taking risks both foolhardy and daring. I'm not sure I'd recommend it for a young reader but for a teen or older, it would be great. Some of those stories are real nail-biters! Now off to read her book about being a firefighter with the San Francisco Fire Department.

Jan 06, 2018

I do NOT recommend Gutsy Girl!

I requested this book because I was intrigued by the chapter on Caroline Paul in Tim Feriss’ book, Tools of Titans. However, the author holds herself up as an example to young girls to endorse taking foolish risks in the name of seeking adventure. She is exhilarated by her collection of near-death experiences due to her poor planning and idiotic decisions. The book is ten short stories, interspersed with jarringly condescending cartoon illustrations. It was disappointing because she could have offered guidance and insights to navigate entering a male dominated field, as she must have done to become a fire fighter herself. Instead, she offers mental tricks for dealing with jelly-legs while illegally scaling a bridge girder.

This book can be summarized: “Be stupid! It’s fun!”

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