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Joan of Arc Hardcover – September 1, 2011
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Ages 8-12 Author-illustrator Demi (Rumi: Whirling Dervish) does her usual visually stunning work in this illustrated biography of the storied Joan of Arc, a patron saint of France. The outlines of Joan s life are known well enough: pious and unsophisticated young Joan hears voices from God that send her to the 15th-century court of the Dauphin, Charles of France. Her victories in battle assure the ascension of the opportunistic Charles to the French throne. But when Joan, heeding secular rather than divine guidance, begins to fail, Charles abandons her, leading to her capture by the English and martyrdom. Demi goes into detail in glorious color, from deep regal blue to medieval gold, bordering her illustrations with small symbols that introduce young readers eyes to the glories of illuminated manuscripts and Book of Hours visual richness. The message of female empowerment is a bonus. Recommended for libraries and especially for Catholic educators, who can put to good use fresh renderings of the lives of familiar saints. --Publisher s Weekly, August 15th Issue
Ages 8-11 Demi s biography of Joan of Arc contains bright illustrations evocative of the text and in the spirit of 15th century medieval art. In a note, Demi lists the books she has studied and the artwork that was inspiring to her. Sections of the text will be hard for some children to understand because of the names and some higher-level vocabulary. The book will be useful to students who need to know about Joan for reports, or for browsing the artwork. The story, however, will not be as useful or enjoyable. It gives the facts of her life and tells of her hearing the voice of God. Definitely purchase this book for the stunning artwork. Ellen Spring, Librarian, Rockland District Middle School, St. George School, Thomaston Grammar School, Maine. Recommended. --Library Media Connection, January/February Advanced Reviews
About the Author
Demi lives in Yarrow Point, Washington State. Some of her other picture-book biographies are Alexander the Great, Tutankhamun, Rumi: Whirling Dervish, and Marco Polo.
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