Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen: The Story of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girl

by Deborah Hopkinson

Other authorsQin Leng (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2018



Local notes

921 Aus



Balzer Bray (2018), 40 pages


A gorgeous and inspiring picture book biography of Jane Austen, one of the most beloved writers of all time, from award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson. 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.… (more)


Original language


Physical description

40 p.; 7.7 inches


0062373307 / 9780062373304



User reviews

LibraryThing member melodyreads
strong girl story
LibraryThing member sweetiegherkin
This is a brief biography of Jane Austen's life, complete with a timeline of her life and some quotes from her major works, all done in a child-friendly way. Being as we don't have a whole lot of information about Austen's life, the picture book format actually works quite well without leaving out much. The watercolor illustrations fit nicely with the subject and the content. I'd recommend this book for Austen fans to being introducing this beloved author to the young folks in their lives.… (more)
LibraryThing member MillieHennessy
This is a really cute overview of Jane's life and career - great for young readers who are interested in non-fiction! I enjoy that it has a timeline of Jane's life in the back and brief descriptions of her novels, when they were published, and some quotes from each. I think this is excellent for any early readers who also hope to be writers too. And of course, for older fans of Jane's work who enjoy kids books!… (more)




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