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Joan of Arc
Poole, Josephine.
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1 volume of print and braille : color illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm.
A biography of the fifteenth-century peasant girl who led a French army to victory against the English, witnessed the crowning of King Charles VII, and was later burned at the stake for witchcraft.
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Text in Braille and English.

Reprint. Originally published by Dragonfly Books, New York, 1998,
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.8 0.5 30614.
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Now in paperback, the illustrated true story of Joan of Arc told in the voice of a gifted story teller. Because the treatment is of a saint rather than a hero, both text and images have a certain still quality, all the better to pore over. This is a good introduction to Joan.--Kirkus Reviews. An ALA Notable Children's Book.

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Booklist Review

Poole, Ages 5^-8; Stanley, Gr. 4^-8. Two books in one season about Joan of Arc might seem like one too many; however, these volumes each have a different audience, a different slant on the material, and distinct artistic visions. Poole sprints through the story of the young French girl who heard voices telling her to help a young heir to the throne regain his kingdom. The text mixes the high adventure of Joan's crusade with the maiden's most personal reactions to the dramatic events engulfing her life: her fear and then her joy at the appearance of her Voices; her bravery through war and inquisition; and her grief and anxiety when she is betrayed and tossed into the arms of her enemies. Barrett's lovely illustrations are alternately pastoral, celestial, and spirited. The spreads sweep along and will gather younger readers with their zeal. A chronology is appended. Anyone who knows Stanley's picture-book biographies will be familiar with her meticulous attention to detail. That quality shines here in both the detailed text and the gilded artwork that echoes medieval illuminated manuscripts. Stanley not only chooses to write about Joan's life but also sets up the political situation in France and England that leads to her battles. Although that particular bit of history is complicated, Stanley writes vividly and usually pares down the material to manageable bites. The artwork in Stanley's books is always outstanding, but here the pictures are quite glorious: the colors are rich, the compositions are intricate, and the book's total design is impressive. A preface outlines the Hundred Years' War, and a bibliography is appended. Libraries should try to find room on their shelves for both of these fine volumes. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

"This is a true story. It happened over 500 years ago, in France." So begins this romantic biography of Saint Joan, the 15th-century farmer's daughter who heard voices from heaven directing her to lead the French in battle during the Hundred Years' War. The opening lines, combined with a chronology at the back of the book, establish the agenda as historical‘but the tone and much of the content reflect a religious sensibility. Poole (previously paired with Barrett for Snow-white) treats the heavenly voices and Joan's visions as absolute fact: "During that dreadful time," she writes of Joan's imprisonment before her trial for heresy, "St. Michael and his angels visited her, to comfort her. The Archangel was so beautiful, so kind." After Joan is burned at the stake, Poole concludes without further elaboration: "But that was not the end. A saint is like a star. A star and a saint shine forever." More effective in portraying the simple, massive courage of Joan's endeavors are Barrett's detailed, epic-scale illustrations. Aflame with premonitory fires and flooded with the emotion of battle, they sear the imagination with their horror and beauty. Ages 8-13. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-"This is a true story," begins this picture book about the famous saint who heard "voices from Heaven" and inspired her country to defeat the enemies of France. Research is credited on the title page, but no sources or bibliography are given, and only the chronology and maps on the endpapers attest to the historical facts behind the well-known tale. Barrett's full-page and double-spread paintings are splendid compositions that show the influence of medieval tapestries and Flemish paintings. Details of costume, the maiden's banner, and the dashing battle charges in the soft-hued, dramatic illustrations echo the classic 1896 picture book (Viking, 1980) by Maurice Boutet de Monvel but in a more realistic, modern style. The narrative simplifies and shortens the story as told by Boutet de Monvel and also by Aileen Fisher (Crowell, 1970; both o.p.) while retaining the traditional elements of guiding voices and comforting angels. Poole's book ends with Joan's death by fire, but with a final word that it was really "...not the end...A star and a saint shine forever."-Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.