Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley #20

Stanley, D. (1998). Joan of Arc. New York: William Morrow and Company, Incorporated.

Book Type/Pages:


Grade Level:

Fourth through eighth grade

Curriculum Links:

social studies

Author Credibility:

Diane Stanley has written many award winning children’s books. In the afterward, the author addresses the transcript of the trial that Joan of Arc went through. Because of the trial transcripts, the author states that more is known of Joan than other women during this time. There is also a bibliography of books on Joan of Arc in this book.


IRA/CBC Teacher’s Choice Award
ALA Notable Children’s Book
Publisher’s Weekly Best Book

Book Summary:

This book starts with a description of The Hundred Years War. It encourages the reader to think about how it would be if your country had always been at war. Joan was an illiterate peasant girl who started to hear voices and see visions as a teenager. The voices encouraged her to assist the Crown Prince of France be formally crowned and drive the English out of France. Joan worked hard to make this happen. She assisted the French army and was successful in many battles. She was later captured, tried by the English, and burned at the stake as a heretic. Twenty-five years after her death, King Charles had her reinstated in the Catholic Church and her name cleared.

National/State Standards:

Social Studies Standards:
Time, Continuity, and Change
People, Places, and Environments
Individual Development and Identity
Individuals, Groups, and Institutions


The illustrations were done in acrylic paint. Each two page spread has text on one page with an accompanying illustration. The illustration is large and is framed with a decorative outline. The illustrations are beautifully done and show great detail.

Access Features:

Important access features in this book include background information for the reader on The Hundred Years War, a pronunciation guide, a map of France during Joan of Arc’s life time, an afterward that tells about history after Joan’s death, a bibliography, and a list of books for younger readers. The end papers are done in a scarlet with gold accents.

Writing Style:

The text of this biography is written in a conversational tone. Details about Joan’s life are described in sequential order.

Use in My Classroom:

I would use this book as a part of a unit on the Middle Ages, French history, or women’s studies.

My Response to the Book:

This was another great book by Diane Stanley. The illustrations are large and beautiful and show great detail. The text was easy to read and informative. This would be a great book to include during a study of the Middle Ages. I like how this biography shows a strong woman that stood up for her beliefs.

Related Texts:

Other books by Diane Stanley:
Leonardo da Vinci
Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare
Good Queen Bess: The Story of Elizabeth I of England



Debbie Vanderford said...


As always, you did an excellent job at presenting this book in class. You are thorough, but yet you don't tell too many specific details. I learned some new facts about Joan of Arc that I didn't know before. By the way, my middle name is Joan.


I love nonfiction said...

I pulled the Poole book about Joan of Arc that I mentioned in class the other day. Be sure and ask me for it.