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Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel

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A picture-book biography of the English novelist.

Born in the late 1700s, Jane Austen was a smart, creative girl in a house full of boys, all of whom could aspire to accomplish many things as adults while girls were raised primarily to become good wives. Jane didn’t have much opportunity to go to school but she read everything she could, including the books in her father’s
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 2018)
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update: i read it and it was indeed very cute with wonderful art

i read a sample of this and omg its so cute the art is wonderful

Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
An Inspiring Jane Austen Biography for Children!

Illustrated by: Jen Corace

After reading and greatly admiring Lisa Pliscou’s attractive and enchanting biography of Jane Austen’s childhood in Young Jane Austen, I was delighted to learn that she has published a picture book biography for elementary grade students titled, Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel. In this charming and comprehensive book, Ms. Pliscou highlights many of the significant events in Jane Austen’s life: such as her
A nice biography for young readers. I really liked the colourful illustrations! For adults I would rather recommend Jane Austen: An Illustrated Biography.

Jane Austen July 2020: Read a non-fiction work about Jane Austen or her time.

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Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent, fairly-meaty-for-a-picture-book, bio of JA for kids. Loved the illustrations.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read a second time with my daughter. I love the way this book pointed out how Jane was being brave and bold by writing and publishing her books!
This was absolutely darling! Actually made me tear up! A picture book about the world's greatest author is just what we need! #janeismyhomegirl !! ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finally, a succinct biography of Jane Austen I actually like! It's a cradle to the grave biography to introduce Jane Austen in the context of the time period she lived in. It's simple enough for young readers to listen to and casual fans to learn more about the author's life in an entertaining way. It does tell a little story about Jane but it doesn't make assumptions about her personality or feelings. It shows how she read, observed and finally wrote what she knew only changing it up a bit. The ...more
Although this is a somewhat romanticized depiction of the life and times of Jane Austen who died in 1817 and whose books continue to be read by many today, I was delighted to find it in my box of books. After all, I grew up reading all the books Austen wrote, and I am astonished that they continue to appeal to a modern audience. Imagine that--books that were written more than 200 years ago still finding some relevance for readers today! The lively illustrations, created with gouache, ink, acryli ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This picture-book biography does a thorough job of covering the highlights of Austen's life. The art is cute, and what I particularly appreciated was that it pointed out that Austen choosing not to marry and instead focus on her writing was a really big step outside of the norm. She was certainly lucky to have encouragement in that goal, but it was not a common path, and it took a cerian amount of boldness and confidence to take it. ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is everything I ever wanted and need for Jane.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jane-austen
great way to explain Jane Austen and her life to young readers.
Susan Morris
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Great picture book on life of Jane Austen, for young readers. There are many terrific books like this coming out lately; one challenge is to get young students to read them! (Library)
Women, young and old, continue to read Jane Austen's books. I like to imagine that she is aware of the influence her stories have had through all the years since they were published. This book takes the time to show her family circumstances from the beginning of Jane's life until her death at a very young forty-two. Like other books about her, Lisa Pliscou tells of the trials Jane and her sister had because they were women. They were sent away to school so that their room could be filled with t ...more
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Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Hello, friends! Our book today is Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel, written by Lisa Pliscou and illustrated by Jen Corace, a picture book biography of the world-famous author.

Little Jane was born to a humble household in England, loving parents, a sister and six brothers, and a household full of the boys her father tutored. Raised in a time when girls were expected to be wives a
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This picture book biography looks at the childhood and life of Jane Austen, focusing on how she was raised in a poor family where her father ran a boarding school in their home for boys, including Jane’s six brothers. Jane’s mother worked hard keeping the house, the garden and the animals. It was a bustling household and Jane spent her childhood listening and learning. Her father had a large library with hundreds of books and they spent their evenings being read to. Jane knew that boys and girls ...more
Ben Truong
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel is a biographical children's picture book written by Lisa Pliscou and illustrated by Jennifer Corace. This brief biography of Jane Austen describes her life and notes the hardships and expectations she overcame to become a published author.

Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the
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Pliscou, Lisa Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel Illustrated by Jen Corace PICTURE BOOK Christy Ottaviano Books, 2018. $18. Content: G.

Jane Austen lived in England in the late 1700’s with her family of six brothers, a sister and her parents. Her father ran a school at their home, and they had a farm so Jane was always surrounded by learning and work. As she grew up, she became aware of the differences afforded women and she also learned that she liked to write. When she wrote she
This engaging book shows young readers how a girl born in a small village in England in 1775 became one of the most renowned authors. Illustrations by Jen Corace give the book whimsy when the story isn't always happy and upbeat. Brave Jane Austen shows how Jane's life truly shaped who she was as a writer. She learned early on the different roles that men and women played. She also understood the notion of poverty when her family had to take in boarders in order to make ends meet and the dichotom ...more
I guess if you're going to try to cover ALL the highlights of Jane's life for a children, this works. I think there are some things in this book that might be over the heads of some of that child audience. But interesting to see how they glossed over a few things here and there. (Like, it wasn't really an HONOR to have the Prince Regent like her works, but it certainly was impressive that someone so high up did.) Still, this book covers a great deal in a short work at a digestible level about a ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very charming Mixed-media ( the illustrator of the Little Peas series) picture book bio on Jane Austen.
An informative life wrap-up at the end of this book, along with witty quotes by Jane brought nice closure to this work.

On Jane: I knew she was witty and marched to the beat of her own feminist drum in a vague sense, but this book illustrates, in a simple colorful manner, how Ms. Austen was such an amazing, thoughtful, independent, brave lady, especially in a time where security depended solely
I'll be doing my National Board Re-renewal next year and have been struggling with how to connect my learning to the content of my certification. BUT I have an idea and this book inspired it...I'm going to create a lesson on children's book biographies...comparing and contrasting with mainstream biographies of the same strong women. We'll see what information is included and left out, and make judgments about why...and this is the book that has inspired me.

Brave Jane...fought, without really kn
Emily Snow
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
In college, I have a good friend at my church who is in love with classic books especially written by Louisa May Alcott and Jane Austen. Whenever she would talk about them, I would have no connections in my mind to who she's talking about. This book was a helpful tool because now I understand my friend's love of classic authors and I can make connections to her as well. My favorite part of this book were the facts because I had no ideas about who Jane Austen is and I learned a lot of cool things ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography-memoir
A beautiful children's book (ages 7-10 I believe) about the great Jane Austen. The illustrations are gorgeous, and a perfect fit with the content. The focus is on the kind of life Jane led, what led to her becoming a voracious reader, then writer, and how she made some very brave choices for a woman of her time, so that she could focus on what she loved to do. I will be buying this one for my nieces and nephew when they're old enough. ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I bought this for my own granddaughter Lydia for her 7th birthday. When my daughter told us what they were going to name her of course we had discussions about Jane Austen's Lydia and I thought this would be a good introduction to an author I hope she will grow up and read. It is a good introduction and if she likes it apparently the author has another biography for older readers -- a birthday present for the future! ...more
The main thing I like about this book is how it explains why Austen's writing was important both within and beyond her individual historical context. Plus, this book has left me wondering about all those missing details of her life - why didn't she keep a journal? And oh, my God, the illustrations here are so, so pretty. ...more
"Jane watched, listened, thought."

A great introduction to Jane Austen and the world in which she lived, beating the odds to become a published author and living life through her intelligence and courage. "Anything is to be preferred or endured rather than marrying without Affection."

Includes an author's note, bibliography, quotations and thoughts about Austen from other prominent authors.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
My mother got this for my 7-year-old's birthday, and of course, I had to read it. I thought it did a good job of distilling Jane Austen's life into a true picture book (not just a book with pictures that an adult would need to read aloud), and my 7-year-old really liked the story and was interested to read Jane Austen's books when she's older. The pictures were beautifully done, too. ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Jane Austen is a smart, inventive little girl who loves to read. She even read all the books in her father's study! She wants to be a writer when she grows up. There is just one small problem... It's the 1700's and she's a girl. Girls are supposed to be wives and mothers, not authors! Can Jane overcome the expectations placed on her to pursue her dream? Read this book to find out! ...more
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