Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

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One summer dau, when Joan was alone in the garden, the air around her turned very clear and bright-much brighter than the sun could make it. While she was wondering what could be happening, she heard voices. Josephine Poole's storytelling powers are at their height as she brings to life this most enigmatic of heroines, capturing Joan's courage and humanity, and vividly evoking the drama, triumph and ultimate tragedy of her crusade. Accessible, meticously researched and above all, told in simple, evocative language this examplary text will enthral children everywhere. Angela Barrett's Joan is both powerful and feminine; fervent but human. From the poetry of a simple girl empowered by her beliefs to the drama of sweeping battle scenes and the majesty of the coronation, Angela Barrett has interpreted this text with extraordinary vision to create a truely inspirational work that is sure to become a classic.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 240 x 266 x 12mm | 421.85g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Hutchinson
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0091767547
  • 9780091767549
  • 1,132,743

Review Text

Stately picture-book pages chronicle the life of the maid of Orleans in measured language that mutes only some of the intensity of the story. It's the stuff of history and legend: how Joan heard heavenly voices in 15th-century France, risked her honor to convince soldiers to take her to the beleaguered and uncrowned king, led armies in battle, and, though wounded, saw the king crowned at Rheims. In liturgical cadences, Poole (Snow White, 1991, also illustrated by Barrett) recounts how Joan was betrayed by the king, tried and burned at the stake as a witch, and eventually declared a saint. The pictures, somewhat reminiscent of the classic Boutet De Monvel illustrations, make exquisite reference to millefleur tapestries, Dutch genre painting, and illuminated manuscripts. 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: "A saint is like a star. A star and a saint shine forever." (Kirkus Reviews)show more

About Josephine Poole

Josephine Poole (Author) Josephine Poole is the renowned author of several books for children and young adults. Her first book was published in 1961, and she has also written extensively for television. She lives in Somerset.Angela Barrett (Illustrator) Angela Barrett is one of the most highly acclaimed illustrators in the country. She studied at the Royal College of Art and has illustrated a number of picture books, including a retelling of Anne Frank that has been translated into 12 different languages. Angela has won the Smarties Book Prize and the WHSmith Illustration Award. She lives in central London.show more
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