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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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Posted April 24, 2001
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 bookWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.