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Joan of Arc

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  226 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Against the fascinating tapestry of Frances history during the Hundred Years' War, Diane Stanley unfolds the story of the simple thirteen-year-old village girl who in Just a few years would lead France to independence from English rule, and thus become a symbol of France's national pride. It is a story of vision and bravery, fierce determination, and tragic martyrdom. Dian ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published February 5th 2002 by HarperCollins
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Brandi Smith
This biographical picturebook tells us about the events leading up to Joan of Arc's execution. It is intended for children ages 8-12(I).
There is a wealth of information in this book for the intermediate reader. The author even included a French pronunciation guide. It would be beneficial to have a copy of this book at home and at school. The full page illustrations are detailed and realistic. I am not sure that this would make a good read aloud book, but it is excellent for research and referen
Kiara Aytch
Joan of Arc is the story of a girl a peasant girl living in medieval France, believed that God had chosen her to lead France to victory in the Hundred Years' War. Joan convinced prince Charles of Valois to allow her to lead a French army to the city of Orléans, She has a victory and upon returning home Joan is captured, tried for witchcraft and burned at the stake, at the age of nineteen. I appreciate that this book had a lot of text which meant there were a lot of details and information about ...more
This worked really well as a read-aloud. I think students in 5th grade or higher could read it independently. There are many French names which are difficult, but thankfully there is a pronounciation guide.

The illustrations are fantastic and the text is well-written. I think this tells the story of Joan simply yet with some depth. The author makes no judgment as to where the 'voices' come from. My kids were excited to read it every day and were able to recall many details from the book.

There is
Joan of Arc, by Diane Stanley. (Morrow Junior Books, 1998). 36 p. Historical Fiction Picture Book

Summary - Due to the war between France and England, life was in turmoil for all those that lived during this time period. One peasant girl received messages from Saints that told her that she had a mission from God to save France. It was prophesied that a virgin would lead Charles to Reims to be crowned king. She contacted him and led him against the enemies. She wrote letters urging the English to
The story of Joan of Arc is a challenging one. At 17, she had no education and could not read or write. She was not a noblewoman, but a mere peasant. She was a girl, not a strong young man fit for knightly glories. Did this uneducated, inexperienced, peasant, girl really hear voices from God that told her to lead the French into battle? Or was she simply an opportunist who capitalized on a common prophecy that a virgin would lead France to victory?

The betrayal and disappointing ineptitude of the
This picture book biography is about Joan of Arc. At a very young age, Joan began to hear voices from messengers of God. She led France to victory in war against England. Then, the French turned on her. Joan is a remarkable person and a good role model for children.
This was an interesting book. I liked learning about Joan’s life. However, I thought it might be a little too involved for children. The author adds a pronunciation guide for the unusual French words, but still includes big vocabula
Meg Allison
Diane Stanley's biographies ought to be made accessible to older readers. They provide such a readable hook. Often these gems sit untouched in my elementary school library, because they are densely written and they are long. And yet, her narrative arc is enjoyable and entertaining. The trademark illustrations are vibrant and colorful, adding detail to the time and place of her subjects. In this one, Joan of Arc is an entirely sympathetic character, and a hero to boot. Told in the context of THe ...more
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What: Biography about Joan of Arc detailing her courageous actions during wartime in the fifteenth century. Joan was an unexpected hero of her time, and ultimately paid a tragic price for daring to challenge society’s view on who could make a difference.

So What: I think this book is great for teaching kids about the time period. I also think it is a good tool for teaching girls about female heroes. So typically we see the archetypal hero as a strong male.

Now What: I used this in a text set about
This was the most interesting and informative children's biography we have read to date. Complete with a French pronunciation guide, this book was more than fact filled. Prior to this reading I had always regarded Joan of Arc as more of a exaggerated legend but Diane Stanley gave me not only facts but also sources as well as very clearly identifying conjecture. Full pages of text followed by full page illustrations helped with the flow of information and the children were eager to keep reading d ...more
teaches about her but i didn't like it AT ALL!!
Melody Savage
The art and writing are well-done, collecting all the facts to give an overview of Joan of Arc's life and mission. Still it is a little impersonal, smacking of a textbook made more palatable because of the artwork. A good introduction to Joan of Arc, along with medieval warfare and religion.
With beautiful illustrations and content, this book tells the story of brave Saint Joan of Arc. A strong female character who had adventures and fought in battles in medieval times, she is known throughout the world for bravery and piety.
This author has written many picture books on historical subjects. THe pictures are great and the text while long is full of interesting information. Written for ages 8 and up. Check out her other titles.
Oct 07, 2007 Kricket rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
A great overview of a great women of Integrity. It is a Children's book but I enjoyed the quick overview and the pictures and maps too.
The art work is nice, but I think they could make the entries shorter, too.
SO WORDY! It could be great, we just did't feel like diving in.
Misty Lynne
Definately a better read aloud for my older children (9&11)
Very interesting and nicely illustrated.
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