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Joan of Arc: Heroine of France
by Ann Tompert
She was a peasant, who was born in a village in France. She was a soldier, who commanded an army. In time, she was pronounced a saint. Joan of Arc's life seems like a fable. Her death reads like tragedy. However, history records that she took command of French forces and drove the English from the city of Orleans. Drawing on the letters and testimony presented at Joan's tr ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Boyds Mills Press
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Out of the four picture book biographies I have found on Joan of Arc this one was the most geared for younger kids. That being said it was still a lengthy read for a picture book and probably wouldn't be of interest for any students younger than 4th grade. It must be challenging to sum up such an extraordinary being in only a few pages. Since the Joan's life and times are not typically covered until the 7th grade these lengthier reads are fine though. The authors note in the afterward was very i ...more
My son has been preparing a school presentation on Joan of Arc and this is one of the books we checked out from the library. I thought it gave a very good overview of who she was and the amazing things she accomplished in her very short life. It is a good read-aloud for any age but probably on a 4th grade and up independent reading level. She really is a very inspiring historical figure!
The illustrations are beautiful, but I don't know of many young children who would enjoy this book. It might be good if they are studying Joan of Arc in school, but even then I don't think they would pay much attention. I couldn't even make it halfway through.