- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 23, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062373307
- ISBN-13: 978-0062373304
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen: The Story of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girl Hardcover – January 23, 2018
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K-Gr 2—Born at the turn of the 19th century, Jane Austen is now considered one of the world's greatest writers, but she grew up simply. In a house filled with boys and books, she was encouraged in her writing by her father who ran a boarding school. Hopkinson begins her appealing introduction to this beloved writer using a familiar Austen phrase "It is a truth universally acknowledged…" Most of Hopkinson's short, straightforward text focuses on the writer's childhood: her shy habit of observation; family life with her sister and many brothers; her enjoyment of family theatrical productions, reading, and writing; and her father's support. The final pages introduce her adult work, her new way of storytelling: "to hold up a mirror to the ordinary world so readers could recognize (and laugh at) themselves." Hopkinson makes clear the different expectations for men and women at the time, and points out that the four novels published in Austen's lifetime were credited to an unnamed "lady." Gentle ink and watercolor illustrations perfectly reflect the tone and understated humor of Austen's writing. Ranging from vignettes to spreads, Leng's art will help readers picture the time and place while focusing on domestic interiors, happy family occasions, and Austen at work. The back matter includes a time line and description of six novels. VERDICT Gentle, charming, and informative, this welcome addition to any library should plant a seed for later enjoyment of Austen's work.—Kathleen Isaacs, Children's Literature Specialist, Pasadena, MD
“A charming account of pride and persistence.” (Publishers Weekly)
“This is an up-close introduction to Austen…[and] a story of a girl’s empowerment.” (Booklist)
“Hopkinson’s light, conversational tone and obvious appreciation for her subject combine with Qin’s lively ink-and-watercolor illustrations to create an engaging portrait of this talented writer. A perfectly pitched celebration of an esteemed author.” (Kirkus Reviews)
A lively take on a woman who, despite publishing conventions that favored male writers, refused to let her authorial voice remain mute. This manages to successfully introduce Austen’s characteristic wit and social commentary to an audience who would otherwise be too young to digest the original works. A delightful read. (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
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What struck me as I read this was how easy it would be to discuss with children the bigger ideas in the story. One is that Jane's observations of every day life (including a house full of "boisterous brothers") became part of the stories she wrote. Another is how the role of "story" was an important part of or thread through her life--she loved reading, her father read aloud to her siblings and her, the family turned their old barn into a theater, as a young girl she began to scribble stories, and so forth. Students could easily look back through the story and think about how Hopkinson develops these ideas. We could also pose questions like, "How do you feel when you hear or read a good story?" and "Why might this feeling move you to want to read or hear more stories or even write stories?" Teachers could easily use this book as a way to launch students into studying the everyday world around them and begin to jot notes that might lead into stories.
Even if students are not familiar with Jane Austen, this story will still resonate with them. Jane, an ordinary child, observed ordinary things and turned them into extraordinary stories as she became an extraordinary author. Lots of classroom potential.
Don't skip author's extras at the end. For older students, there's a timeline as well as notes and quotes from each of her books. The quotes (like "Nothing every fatigues me but doing what I do not like") would be great to pose for student-led discussions and tie back to the idea of the ordinary being extraordinary.