Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

by Diane Stanley

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Overview

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. Diane Stanley's extraordinary gift to present historical information in an accessible and child-friendly format has never been more impressive, nor her skillful, beautifully realized illustrations (here imitating medieval illuminated manuscripts) more exquisite.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064437486
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/05/2002
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 322,978
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, including The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Book Links Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Cup and the Crown; Saving Sky, winner of the Arab American Museum's Arab American Book Award and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; Bella at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy; The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine; and A Time Apart. Well known as the author and illustrator of award-winning picture-book biographies, she is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.

Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales: The Giant and the Beanstalk, Goldie and the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. dianestanleybooks.com.


Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, including The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Book Links Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Cup and the Crown; Saving Sky, winner of the Arab American Museum's Arab American Book Award and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; Bella at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy; The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine; and A Time Apart. Well known as the author and illustrator of award-winning picture-book biographies, she is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.

Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales: The Giant and the Beanstalk, Goldie and the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. dianestanleybooks.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
erineell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley gives readers a portrait of Joan of Arc and her role in history. This picturebook biography is dominated by text that has been researched (bibliography provided). Stanley begins the book by giving readers background knowledge about the Hundred Year War and the tension leading up to who should be crowned king of France. This information as well as the map and pronunciation guide of French words set the tone for the quests of Jeannette (Joan of Arc). Explanations of customs, beliefs and way of life during the Medieval Times is organically interwoven into the story of Joan of Arc, helping the reader make better understanding of the expeditions of Joan and how her actions changed the course of history. Stanley¿s portrayal of Joan includes her hardships, success and attributes both positive and negative. Also, the book does not withhold the accounts of her capture, trial, death and the events after her life that bring closure to Joan of Arc¿s story. Overall, the writing covers the key facts surrounding how Joan became a saint and a name known in history. The pictures and page designs add to a medieval ambience and add to the story. This story is intriguing and engaging. It will leave readers thinking about Joan of Arc. Definately a book to have about Joan of Arc. Age Appropriate: 5th grade to 8th gradeNote: Although this is a picturebook, it is definitely geared for intermediate readers because of the amount of text and the difficultly of some of the vocabulary words. This story could be used for and read by older individuals.
momma2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 despite the vast quantity of detail. A very satisfying read.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very well-done history of Joan of Arc that is suitable for children to read. It tells the story well, explains why certain things might have happened, and covers everything nicely but without idealizing. It has beautiful illustrations, and is recommended to anyone who wants an introduction to Joan of Arc. It also includes a guide to the French pronunciations at the beginning.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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