Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel

Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel

A picture-book biography of the English novelist.Born in the late 1700s, Jane Austen was a smart, creative girl in a house full of boys, all of whom could aspire to accomplish many things as adults while girls were raised primarily to become good wives. Jane didn’t have much opportunity to go to school but she read everything she could, including the books in her father’s...

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Title:Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel
Author:Lisa Pliscou
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Edition Language:English

Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel Reviews

  • Shiloah

    Well done!

  • April

    This was absolutely darling! Actually made me tear up! A picture book about the world's greatest author is just what we need! #janeismyhomegirl !!

  • Laela

    It is everything I ever wanted and need for Jane.

  • Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)

    After reading and greatly admiring Lisa Pliscou’s attractive and enchanting biography of Jane Austen’s childhood in Young Jane Austen, I was delighted to learn that she has published a picture book biography for elementary grade students titled, Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel. In this charming and comprehensive book, Ms. Pliscou highlights many of the significant events in Jane Austen’s life: such as her

    After reading and greatly admiring Lisa Pliscou’s attractive and enchanting biography of Jane Austen’s childhood in Young Jane Austen, I was delighted to learn that she has published a picture book biography for elementary grade students titled, Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel. In this charming and comprehensive book, Ms. Pliscou highlights many of the significant events in Jane Austen’s life: such as her education, writing and publishing efforts, and the men in her life.

    Weaved into the story are historical context and expectations for a young woman who lived during Jane Austen’s time. In a subtle yet direct manner Ms. Pliscou shows many examples of how Jane Austen was brave and a bit of a rebel! I greatly appreciated seeing a portrayal of Jane Austen that accentuates her bravery. For she was indeed courageous, independent, and forward-thinking. Through this tale young readers, who are used to our modern rights and freedoms, will be able to grasp how during Jane Austen’s life it was unique and almost unthinkable for a woman to have a profession, write novels, or remain single. While there might be an aspect or two of Jane Austen’s life that young readers may not understand, hopefully this will prompt them to ask questions and engage them in conversations about Jane Austen’s life and times.

    The watercolor illustrations by Jen Corace splendidly enhance this inspiring retelling of Jane Austen’s life. With each page there is a medley of beautiful colors, details, and textures that cannot help but catch the reader’s eye and make them pause to take in all the elements of the illustration’s design. Two of my favorite pages are one that is a series of silhouettes depicting Jane Austen engaged in various activities and another that shows Jane Austen in bed under the patchwork quilt she made with her mother and sister (which is now on display at Chawton Cottage). On every page there are delicate prints, fine details, and variety of colors and shapes that are simply wonderful to behold.

    With some lovely supplementary material in the back providing even more information of Jane Austen’s life, this book is a complete and thorough introduction to Jane Austen for young readers. Skillfully written and gracefully illustrated, Brave Jane Austen is an inspiring and captivating look at how anyone, no matter what humble beginnings they come from, can grow up to accomplish extraordinary achievements. I highly recommend!

    With the magnificent illustrations in Brave Jane Austen by Jen Corace, I thought my review would not be complete without showing a little video preview. I hope you enjoy!

  • QNPoohBear

    Finally, a succinct biography of Jane Austen I actually like! It's a cradle to the grave biography to introduce Jane Austen in the context of the time period she lived in. It's simple enough for young readers to listen to and casual fans to learn more about the author's life in an entertaining way. It does tell a little story about Jane but it doesn't make assumptions about her personality or feelings. It shows how she read, observed and finally wrote what she knew only changing it up a bit. The

    Finally, a succinct biography of Jane Austen I actually like! It's a cradle to the grave biography to introduce Jane Austen in the context of the time period she lived in. It's simple enough for young readers to listen to and casual fans to learn more about the author's life in an entertaining way. It does tell a little story about Jane but it doesn't make assumptions about her personality or feelings. It shows how she read, observed and finally wrote what she knew only changing it up a bit. The author sums up the plot of First Impressions and it sounds like a silly romance but added to the context of Austen's life, it's a fine enough summary for a children's book. Kids get the idea that Jane wasn't like ordinary girls and therefore Lizzie wasn't like ordinary girls. I also enjoyed the quotes from the novels at the end. The author explains what they mean so young readers have the understanding of Jane Austen's language and time before they read the books or see the movies. This is SO important in understanding the novels. If you don't have the context you can't understand the complexity and richness of Jane Austen's beautiful stories. My only quibble is Austen's first novel was "Susan" (

    ) even though it wasn't published until after her death.

    The illustrations are not my favorite but I liked seeing a depiction of Jane Austen with dark hair and hazel eyes. Mrs. Austen resembles the stylized portrait done after Cassandra's watercolor sketch of Jane. The way the people are drawn feels a little off to me. They're too angular or something for my taste. I'll see what the artists in the family think. In this book the Rectory looks like a house and not a grand mansion and Chawton Cottage is depicted accurately with Jane's writing desk and her bed with the quilt the Austen women made. I liked those little details that Janeites will adore.

    I can't wait to share this book with my nieces and hope they learn enough about one of my favorite authors to want to read her books. (Not including BabyLit and Cozy Classics they read when they were toddlers).

  • Barbara

    Although this is a somewhat romanticized depiction of the life and times of Jane Austen who died in 1817 and whose books continue to be read by many today, I was delighted to find it in my box of books. After all, I grew up reading all the books Austen wrote, and I am astonished that they continue to appeal to a modern audience. Imagine that--books that were written more than 200 years ago still finding some relevance for readers today! The lively illustrations, created with gouache, ink, acryli

    Although this is a somewhat romanticized depiction of the life and times of Jane Austen who died in 1817 and whose books continue to be read by many today, I was delighted to find it in my box of books. After all, I grew up reading all the books Austen wrote, and I am astonished that they continue to appeal to a modern audience. Imagine that--books that were written more than 200 years ago still finding some relevance for readers today! The lively illustrations, created with gouache, ink, acrylic, and pencil, take readers back to the rural setting in which Jane grew up, and the images sometimes contain fantastic objects or show a wistful Jane watching quietly yet carefully as others went about their lives. The text carefully points out the societal pressures and expectations for girls and women growing up in those days and hints at the challenges of being poor or unmarried. Still, throughout her life, even at boarding school, Jane found solace and her voice through her writing. The author's admiration for this creative spirit is evident in every line in the book, and I am pleased to have a picture book about her to add to my collection, perhaps encouraging the next generation or readers and writers who aren't sure what they have to say or how to say it, but I wish the book had contained a list of suggested books by Austen in the back matter. Some of the references to her plots and characters will pass over readers' heads otherwise although at least there is mention of her famous Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. As I closed the book, I couldn't resist wondering how she had the courage to defy the societal mores of the time and how few of us would have dared to do so had we lived during that era.

  • Sarah

    Excellent, fairly-meaty-for-a-picture-book, bio of JA for kids. Loved the illustrations.

  • Selah Pike

    Read a second time with my daughter. I love the way this book pointed out how Jane was being brave and bold by writing and publishing her books!

  • Vanessa

    great way to explain Jane Austen and her life to young readers.

  • Fatma

    update: i read it and it was indeed very cute with wonderful art

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    i read a sample of this and omg its so cute the art is wonderful

    LOOK! HOW! CUTE!

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