A picture book presents the biography of the fifteenth century peasant girl who led a French army to victory against the English, was burned at the stake for witchcraft, and five centuries later was declared a saint Excellent account for KS2. A good read for 8 10 y olds and read aloud for younger The pictures are great and the writing gives enough information to not bore the young reader with too much fact. Beautiful illustrations I was sold on Diane Stanley s juvenile biography of Joan of Arc after reading her two page prologue, A Hundred Years of War, in which she explains the political situation in France when King Charles VI of France died two months after King Henry V of England If you remember the end of Shakespeare s Henry V, then you might be familiar with the agreement that was put into place following the Battle of Agincourt, but how many young readers have really studied that particular bit of English history by the Bard However, in these two pages Stanley explains why the 19 year old dauphin, Charles VII, was still uncrowned when Jeannette d Arc in the small town of Domremy began receiving heavenly visions.Stanley tells the familiar story of Joan of Arc in considerable detail, but always with one eye towards understanding what was happening from the perspective of a seventeen year old girl who road into battle and was proclaimed the savior of France and the other on the historical context of these events She also pays attention to the details, listing the specific charges for which she was tried and the confession that she signed, which are often omitted from similar juvenile biographies, and at the end of her story she pays as much attention to the aftermath of her martyrdom as she did to setting up her life.Throughout the book Stanley makes nice use of historical texts, dropping a lot of quotations and specific lines from the trial transcript and other sources The text is accompanied by Stanley s illustrations, which are done in the style of the illuminated manuscripts of the time As a result young readers will get a solid understanding of life of times of the woman called Joan of Arc by history, and be able to tell their friends that the new hit show on CBS should really be called Jeanette or Janet of Arcadia. Great. Not as good as I expected Whereas it was factual, it has a definate non christian bias Presented with the view of a young girl who was imagining things Not worth the Wonderful, just as advertised. Bought for 6 year old girl, when questions arose as to which Joan Princess Anna was talking to in Frozen Daughter has learned a lot and is boring her friends senseless with details. I wanted to love it, as we love to read and learn but this book just didn t captivate us It felt like a college class on Joan in children s book The author does a great job and the illustrations are beautiful it just wasn t what we needed at this time and to be honest I don t think I could ever sit through it We love the I am books by Meltzer, just for comparison Totally personal preference.