Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of our greatest writers.
But before that, she was just an ordinary girl.
In fact, young Jane was a bit quiet and shy; if you had met her back then, you might not have noticed her at all. But she would have noticed you.
Jane watched and listened to all the things people around her did and said, and locked those observations away for safekeeping.
Jane also loved to read. She devoured everything in her father’s massive library and before long, she began creating her own stories. In her time, the most popular books were grand adventures and romances, but Jane wanted to go her own way...and went on to invent an entirely new kind of novel.
Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen includes a timeline and quotes from Austen's most popular novels.
Parents and grandparents, as well as teachers and librarians, will enjoy introducing children to Jane Austen through this accessible, beautifully packaged picture book.
Deborah Hopkinson shows what it was like during Jane Austen's time. They didn't have electronics and entertained themselves. She introduces Jane as the shy girl that she was, but had a cleverness to her. She noticed the things people would do or say and noted them. Eventually she would use these notes to write classic and powerful novels.
This book was a great biography of Jane Austen and teaches that you should always follow your dreams. I really loved how there was a timeline in the back of the book and famous quotes from her novels. It also shows how Jane's fascination with books was encouraged by her father because he knew she had it in her.
Final Verdict: ORDINARY, EXTRAORDINARY JANE AUSTEN teaches that just because you're ordinary, doesn't mean you can't do extraordinary things. It's the perfect novel to teach what things were like before electronics and I would recommend it to any child who's willing to listen.