Good Heroine Hunting: Will the Real Nancy Drew Please Stand Up?

I love to hero-shop for Boobaby. Someday, I’m sure she’ll pick her own role models (please, not Paris Hilton), but for now, I get to tell stories about whichever strong women I choose: Rachel Carson, Dora, and, of course:

Nancy Drew.

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    Look! She&#8217;s a gallery-quality painter, too! Sheesh. This is <strong>not our </strong>Nancy Drew&#8230;
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Not the one in the new movie — she’s four years too young and suffers from serious kiss-ass know-it-all-ism.

Nope, I mean the real Nancy Drew who saves old farms from nefarious blackguards while humoring her straight-laced boyfriend Ned and always being polite.

That’s the Nancy Drew I’m gonna teach Boo about.

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    <strong>This</strong> is our Nancy Drew!
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I love Nancy even though I only know the books from sneaking looks at the library, where she was shelved tantalizingly next to the far-inferior Hardy Boys. But I’ll out myself and my wife as players of the Nancy Drew adventure games, which are designed for 12-year old girls. (We just finished The White Wolf of Icicle Creek, and if it seems odd that we role-play Nancy Drew, well — it’s our date night, and we can do what we want!)

So I’m pleading for your expertise, oh moms (etc.) of the Internet! Would you use Nancy as a role model for your girls? Got any good Nancy stories to share with this poor Hardy Boys reader? Spin me a good yarn (here or on your own blog) and I’ll send you the game — we’re done with it!


Word count: 225. Getting a little better, but still not on target!