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Hallie Morse Daggett loved spending time outdoors, hiking among the tall trees of the forests in California's Siskiyou Mountains. She wasn't afraid of the bears, coyotes, and wildcats. But Hallie was afraid of fire and understood the threat it posed to the forests, wildlife, and people. And more than anything, she wanted to devote her life to protecting her beloved outdoor Hallie Morse Daggett loved spending time outdoors, hiking among the tall trees of the forests in California's Siskiyou Mountains. She wasn't afraid of the bears, coyotes, and wildcats. But Hallie was afraid of fire and understood the threat it posed to the forests, wildlife, and people. And more than anything, she wanted to devote her life to protecting her beloved outdoors; she decided she would work for the US Forest Service. But in the 1880s the Forest Service didn't hire women, thinking they couldn't handle the physical challenges of the work or the isolation. But the Forest Service didn't know Hallie or how determined she could be. This picture-book biography tells the story of Hallie Morse Daggett, the first woman "fire guard" hired by the US Forest Service, whose hard work and dedication led the way for other women to join the Forest Service.


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Hallie Morse Daggett loved spending time outdoors, hiking among the tall trees of the forests in California's Siskiyou Mountains. She wasn't afraid of the bears, coyotes, and wildcats. But Hallie was afraid of fire and understood the threat it posed to the forests, wildlife, and people. And more than anything, she wanted to devote her life to protecting her beloved outdoor Hallie Morse Daggett loved spending time outdoors, hiking among the tall trees of the forests in California's Siskiyou Mountains. She wasn't afraid of the bears, coyotes, and wildcats. But Hallie was afraid of fire and understood the threat it posed to the forests, wildlife, and people. And more than anything, she wanted to devote her life to protecting her beloved outdoors; she decided she would work for the US Forest Service. But in the 1880s the Forest Service didn't hire women, thinking they couldn't handle the physical challenges of the work or the isolation. But the Forest Service didn't know Hallie or how determined she could be. This picture-book biography tells the story of Hallie Morse Daggett, the first woman "fire guard" hired by the US Forest Service, whose hard work and dedication led the way for other women to join the Forest Service.

30 review for Headstrong Hallie!: The Story of Hallie Morse Daggett, the First Female "Fire Guard"

  1. 4 out of 5

    Abby Johnson

    This picture book biography introduces young readers to Hallie Morse Daggett, the first female "fire guard" hired by the US Forest Service. This is a wonderful profile of a strong woman who lived the life she wanted to live, even though society didn't like it. Share with girls everywhere, especially girls who love nature. This picture book biography introduces young readers to Hallie Morse Daggett, the first female "fire guard" hired by the US Forest Service. This is a wonderful profile of a strong woman who lived the life she wanted to live, even though society didn't like it. Share with girls everywhere, especially girls who love nature.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    We need to constantly consider the purpose of trees. To not do so is a costly mistake. In an article, How Trees Make a Difference, at the website for the National Wildlife Federation, we read, in a list of ten, how trees can better the air quality and create habitats for plants and animals. This is understandable. It has also been documented they are good for the economy, not because of how they can be used, but because homes and property with trees around them are more valuable than those witho We need to constantly consider the purpose of trees. To not do so is a costly mistake. In an article, How Trees Make a Difference, at the website for the National Wildlife Federation, we read, in a list of ten, how trees can better the air quality and create habitats for plants and animals. This is understandable. It has also been documented they are good for the economy, not because of how they can be used, but because homes and property with trees around them are more valuable than those without trees. During Women's History Month, let us take a few moments to highlight new book releases focusing on women who have dedicated their lives to understanding and protecting trees and their forests. Both women were the first in their particular field in their accomplishments. In light of relentless challenges, their deeds are remarkable. There are other ways of approaching what we love and doing our best to preserve it. One girl grew up knowing the forests around California's Siskiyou Mountains. Nothing found in those forests frightened her as much as fire. She wanted to do everything she could to protect those forests and their inhabitants. Headstrong Hallie!: The Story of Hallie Morse Daggett, the First Female "Fire Guard" (Sleeping Bear Press, February 15, 2021) written by Aimee Bissonette with illustrations by David Hohn chronicles the life of this girl and woman and the impressive steps she took to make her dream a reality. My full recommendation: https://librariansquest.blogspot.com/...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Ivy

    A story of persistence. Hallie loved the outdoors and knew she was qualified to be an excellent fire watcher for the US Forest Service, if only they hired women. Despite several rejections, she continued to apply for the job and when she was 30 years old, she was finally chosen when a last minute replacement was needed. She loved the job and the time with nature and was an excellent fire spotter for fourteen years. She left after the Forest Service built a fancier new station and she no longer f A story of persistence. Hallie loved the outdoors and knew she was qualified to be an excellent fire watcher for the US Forest Service, if only they hired women. Despite several rejections, she continued to apply for the job and when she was 30 years old, she was finally chosen when a last minute replacement was needed. She loved the job and the time with nature and was an excellent fire spotter for fourteen years. She left after the Forest Service built a fancier new station and she no longer felt at home there. An author's note describes the author's research process and a little more about Hallie's life. I wish there was more detail there about Hallie did after her retirement. She was young when she retired and lived into her 80s. What did she do to continue to protect the forest, its animals, and the human residents?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    About Hallie Morse Daggett's care for forests, perseverance in joining the Forest Service as a fire guard, and her years of work. Really beautiful use of color in the illustrations. Pair with Kate's Light: Kate Walker at Robbins Reef Lighthouse as books about women doing work that was often lonely/isolated in nature, required a lot of attention throughout the day and night, could be quite dangerous, and that few women did at the time. About Hallie Morse Daggett's care for forests, perseverance in joining the Forest Service as a fire guard, and her years of work. Really beautiful use of color in the illustrations. Pair with Kate's Light: Kate Walker at Robbins Reef Lighthouse as books about women doing work that was often lonely/isolated in nature, required a lot of attention throughout the day and night, could be quite dangerous, and that few women did at the time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Gutierrez

    I am so in love with this story and its illustrations! I cannot stop telling people about this historical picture book with the most gorgeous of illustrations! The author gives an amazing look inside the life of a woman determined to find her place and show what she can do! A wonderful person to share with all children to show perseverance. And the illustrations could not delight you more! Thanks for sharing with #bookposse!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellon

    While I always enjoy reading picture book biographies about inspiring people I didn't previously know about, this one just wasn't as engaging to me as others are and I don't know why. It has a great message of perseverance (although I'm not a huge fan of the word headstrong because of the negative connotations associated with it). The illustrations were great and the story was interesting. But it was just missing something and I don't know what. While I always enjoy reading picture book biographies about inspiring people I didn't previously know about, this one just wasn't as engaging to me as others are and I don't know why. It has a great message of perseverance (although I'm not a huge fan of the word headstrong because of the negative connotations associated with it). The illustrations were great and the story was interesting. But it was just missing something and I don't know what.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    An excellent picture book biography for a woman that not many know about! Hits the right balance between factual without being overly long. I appreciate the author’s note about the uncertainty of information about Hallie’s life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Ramsey

    Knowing the forest and forest creatures and understanding the devastation caused by forest fires, Hallie Morse Daggett wants a job with the Forest Service. She perseveres until she gets a job. She perseveres and does a superior job as a fire guard. A superior book about a superior woman.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liesl

    I love learning about strong independent women, and Hallie was one of the strongest, but not well known. She was the first female fire guard for the US Forest Service. A must read for parents of headstrong little girls...oh the possibilities!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I love books that take you where you imagine you should be while also passing on information one might not have known before. The illustrations are lovely and the story of a strong woman is fantastic!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura Serrao

    A new favorite

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Excellent picture book biography of the first female fire guard. Tie-in with women's history month, Earth Day, habitats, climate change. Excellent picture book biography of the first female fire guard. Tie-in with women's history month, Earth Day, habitats, climate change.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    About the first National Park Service female employee -- a fire guard. Hallie loved the land and wilderness and preferred life along in the cabin to life in the city.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Kids who are passionate about nature will love this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Dittmar

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    Christina Ingraham

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    Patty Barr

  18. 5 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Lori Lewis

  23. 5 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Allison Volz

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    Michele Knott

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caralen

  30. 5 out of 5

    CeeMarie

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