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Joan of Arc

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    Beautifully done!

    This is an absolutely beautifully illustrated book. My 2nd grader used it to prepare for her first oral book report and thought it was great. The book has a handy pronunciation guide that really helped her and she was able to get extra credit for using the French words she learned. We enjoyed the way the story was told and I was impressed with the level of detail and the number of facts that she was able to learn. She did such a great job on her book report that one of the third graders asked to borrow the book for her book report! We really loved the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2006

    Great book

    Joan of Arc was a young peasant girl when she started to hear voices. When Joan was working in a garden, she heard a voice. The voices told her that she was to perform a duty from God. She was to go to the King of France, Charles, and tell him that he was the rightful king of France. Diane Stanley writes a great non-fiction book. She tells the life of a young girl going through a really tough time period. Every page that is written about Joan of Arc has an illustration of what is happening to Joan of Arc during her lifetime. Not only does the reader get the facts about Joan of Arc, but they also get a visualization of what is going on. Stanley also writes about the life of Joan systematically. First, Stanley starts out with Joan being a mere peasant girl, to a girl who heard voices, to a girl who followed those voices, to a woman who took over an army, to her captivity, then to her demise. Though Joan of Arc¿s life span was short, Stanley creates the masterful image in the reader¿s mind of how wonderful and great Joan of Arc was to her country. If one were to read this book, they would be able to get great information on Joan of Arc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2006

    An Authentic Biography

    The life of Joan of Arc is classified as a juvenile biography, however Diane Stanley writes in regards to historical facts, resources, and references. Much of what is written was derived from rich literature, and the personal transcript of Joan¿s trial in England, after they found her guilty of sorcery. Stanley adds personal quotes and those of others who lived among her in the Medieval Ages. Detailed illustrations encompass the time period and add personality to Joan of Arc¿s life story. Joan of Arc is clearly a person of bravery and courage. Young people can be inspired by her story and admire the positive effects and triumphant outcomes which have outlived her lifetime but still have an impressionable effect. Although the Catholic Church declared her a saint in 1920, there is some detail to her life that may forever remain mysterious. For example, it will never be known if she truly witnessed spiritual sightings who directed her to be a war leader. This information could be embellished stories passed along the way. Whatever the story may be, Stanley merely provides the reader with as much accurate information that she herself researched. Creditable references are listed in a bibliography and support the author¿s thoughts and motives for writing this biography. This allows for an exceptional read. Descriptive illustrations combined with characterizing text unfold throughout the story, fascinating the reader to learn more about the woman of admirable exploits. Overall the author¿s purpose in writing is to inform young people of a simple, peasant girl who became one of the most feared and respected historical leaders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001

    Great

    This book is so great it has had great reveiws has been on the booklist and many more. I'm a 5th grader at Brisas elementry and am doing biograph on her. she the best and so is this book

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