One thing I love about being a historian is meeting other researchers working on the same or related subjects. I was taught by a magnificent scholar, Lewis L. Gould, at the University of Texas. Unlike many professors, he encouraged me and all his graduate students not to hoard our topics, but to exchange information about them so as to help each other. I have benefitted countless times from kind friends and colleagues who sent me documents bearing on my topic while they were immersed in their own research. And likewise, I have sent on bits and pieces to them when their topics surfaced in my own work. This blog of mine is in the spirit of Dr. Gould–I am happy to share what I have learned in the hopes it will assist others.
Two years ago, when I was in the Georgia Historical Society conducting research, I ran into the lovely Ginger Wadsworth. Ginger is a noted children’s book author. At the time she was, like me, on a quest for Daisy Low information. We chatted about Daisy in the way that only two women obsessed with their research and writing can do. I met her husband. I ran into them again. We’ve kept in contact. Now, Ginger’s book is done! I have not read it–but I will as soon as it comes out…which will be soon! I am happy to celebrate Ginger’s successful completion of her book project, and happy to tell you about it here.
Ginger Wadworth’s book is aimed at 4th-7th graders. It is entitled First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low. It will be published by Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 6 December 2011, in time for the one hundred year anniversary and holiday gift shopping, too! She tells me it is “richly illustrated with over one hundred black and white archival images, many obtained directly from the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.”
To learn more about Ginger, you can go to her website: www.gingerwadsworth.com
She has written several other books which I’m sure you’ve read and loved.
Here is the cover of First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low:
To pre-order Ginger’s book at Amazon.com you can click here. To pre-order it at Barnes and Noble, you can click here. It will be available at independent booksellers near you, too. The book has already garnered a fabulous and important advance review from Kirkus.