The titles didn't really bother me; I guess I don't tend to have a knee-jerk PC reaction anymore (I've either mellowed or become kind of slow with age!). My husband heard a good review of the books on NPR and wanted to get them as Christmas gifts, and he rarely finds the opportunity to go shopping or picking out of gifts, so I wasn't about to get in the way. We have one boy who considers himself a pretty traditional boy, and a girl who considers herself all girl, and a girl who considers herself almost all boy. They seem to like the old-fashioned quality of the books, and anything that coaxes kids "away from their televisions and video games" to bring them outside is OK in my book.
Here's some writeups/links of the books from the websites:http://www.dangerousbookforboys.com/http://www.daringbookforgirls.com/
"The Dangerous Book for Boys coaxed boys away from their televisions and video games and brought them outside, teaching them how to skip stones, fly paper airplanes, and build their very own go-carts. But girls, too, are inspired by games, heroes, and escapades. Whether you’re a girly-girl, an athlete, a brainiac, or a little bit of everything, The Daring Book for Girls gets you ready for anything—from pitching a tent and building a campfire to running a lemonade stand and learning about female heroines in history. The Daring Book for Girls is the can-do, how-to manual for enthusiastic, unfettered adventure. It cheers girls on to be curious and brave, and above all, to have fun."
Originally Posted by majikfaerie
I saw those books in the store, and thought they seemed dodgy for having seperated boys and girls, not to mention the message that boys can do "dangerous" stuff, while girls just get to be a bit "daring". but maybe I was judging a book by its cover!