Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Joan of Arc: The Lily Maid

Joan of Arc: The Lily Maid

1999 Picture Books
Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
Author: Margaret Hodges
Illustrator: Robert Rayevsky
ISBN: 0-8234-1424-8
Hardcover Price: $16.95
"Long ago in France there lived a young girl named Jeanne d'Arc," and no one has ever told her story more simply, or more movingly, than Margaret Hodges in this felicitous picture book with its flavor of being a medieval manuscript. Somehow the drama of Joan's first vision--of Saint Michael in battle dress--is rendered completely believable by the combination of Hodges' matter-of-fact prose and artist Rayevsky's muted pictures. It is as if neither writer nor artist wished to upstage the miraculous story of the peasant girl whose voices and visions enabled her to save France from English domination. Young listeners and readers will want to cheer on hearing that Joan, burned at the stake by the English in 1431, was named a saint almost 500 years after her death in 1920. Her story, one of faith and great courage, is likely to please a broad age range.
Selma G. Lanes   ©1999 Parents' Choice

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