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Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre Hardcover – April 4, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Viking/Penguin (April 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1437967728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1437967722
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,962,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6?Attractively designed and featuring full-page, colorful illustrations, this is a well-written biography. The audience for it, however, is a bit unclear. Although Ross claims that the book is for those who have read Jane Eyre and want to know more about its author, as well as for those who had found the classic intimidating and might be inspired to try again, it's unlikely that those readers would find a picture-book format (albeit an elegant one) satisfying. Nevertheless, those who are familiar with the movie or have an interest in literature, writers, or women's biographies will find the book worthwhile. It traces Charlotte's early life, her intense relationship with her siblings, her brief but brilliant writing career, and the tragic early deaths of all of the Bronte children. A chronology and further reading list is supplied, as is background information about the era. There is no index. A full chapter is devoted to a description of Jane Eyre, and an afterword traces the history of the novel. The stylized illustrations add a period flavor. This book is more informative than Catherine Brighton's The Brontes (Chronicle, 1994), and more focused on Charlotte than Paula Guzzetti's A Family Called Bronte (Dillon, 1994), which is for slightly older readers. Michael Bedard's picture book, Glass Town (Atheneum, 1997), has a broader focus. Ross's book is a useful purchase for most collections.?Cyrisse Jaffee, formerly at Newton Public Schools, MA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 5^-8. For those who have yet to read Jane Eyre, this book will spoil the classic novel, because Ross provides a detailed summary of the story and gives away all the surprises and secrets. However, for those who love the novel and want to know more about the author, this picture-book biography fills in fascinating background about the woman, her work, her family, her place, and her times. Ross does a great job of showing the parallels between Charlotte's life and her story: how her misery at school became a model for the Lowood episodes in the novel; how she wrote from the heart, knowing only too well what it was like to be a "disconnected, poor, and plain" governess. He is also careful not to be sentimental, speaking with candor about her bossiness and snobbery as well as her courage and brilliance. Some of Robert Van Nutt's illustrations are too glamorized--there is little sign of the plain, awkward outsider--but Van Nutt does show the intense childhood in the isolated Haworth parsonage, and some of the portraits evoke Branwell Bronte's famous painting of his sisters. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on December 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a good biography of Charlotte Bronte, who had a difficult life, and also a good teaser for getting children interested in Jane Eyre, which was on my shelf of "annual re-reads" for about 12 years. Great information about how much of "Jane Eyre" is autobiographical, and beautiful illustrations. Also, we liked the inset boxes that defined terms and gave context.

This makes a good biography even for older grades -- despite being a picture book, upper grades and even high schoolers will get a lot of information from the book.

"Jane Eyre" is a masterpiece -- a creepy and unusual book that leaves tendrils in the readers mind, tendrils that grow and keep pulling you back.

Great book about an interesting author.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
it was realy love story , i was very proud of jane eyre and also of mr. rochester . it was a crazy love and it shows that the good person must be considered at the end.
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