Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen – REVIEW

Since I have a crazy, cute & clever Threenager at my disposal, I thought it was time we shined a little spotlight on some of our favourite Children’s Books! My hope is that my Little Miss 3 will be able to help me with a few reviews each month, to help you all choose amazing books (just like Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen) for your own little people!

Estelle was extremely lucky to receive this gorgeous copy of Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen from the wonderful team over at Harper Collins NZ. She is always happy when she receives mail, but when that mail is a book… oh my goodness was she excited when she saw this! Thank you so so much Harper Collins NZ. You made her day, and we are so excited to share this beautiful book with our readers!

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen:The Story Of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, A Writing Box, And One Clever Girl

Author: Deborah Hopkinson

Illustrator: Qin Leng

Genre: Childrens

Published: April 2018 by Harper Collins

Page Count: 40

Source: Harper Collins NZ

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.

Deborah Hopkinson and Qin Leng have collaborated on a gorgeous tribute to an independent thinker who turned ordinary life into extraordinary stories and created a body of work that has delighted and inspired readers for generations. – Harper Collins NZ

When this book turned up on our doorstep Estelle was very excited, however I think I was a little more excited than she was! As a long time lover of Jane Austen and her work, having this book to read with my little girl felt so so special. I could not wait for story time when I could tell her the story of the wonderful Jane Austen.

You can tell before you even open the book that it is going to be beautiful. The cover is so ridiculously pretty, and if I walked by this on a bookstore shelf it would definitely catch my eye immediately. I think this one is going to have to be displayed in a special place in Estelle’s room, and not just popped on the bookshelf with all the other books.

The beautiful illustrations continue throughout the entire book, and I found myself lingering on each page a little longer than usual just to take it all in.

This book takes you through Jane Austen’s life and shows how things were in her time, and teaches your child just how extraordinary she really was. How a shy little girl who liked to watch and listen, ended up turning ordinary life into the most wonderful stories. A shy little girl who grew into a strong woman, who even after rejection, continued to pursue her dreams.

I really enjoyed how this book gave just enough facts about Jane Austen, that a child would now know who she is, but not so much that it became boring. The story was written for the child, to let them know that if Jane could do it, then you can too. If that shy little girl who liked to stand back and watch and listen, could make her dreams come true, then so can you!

Estelle asked to hear the story again immediately, which is always a sure sign that she loved it! We followed up reading this (for the second time) by looking at the other Jane Austen inspired books she already had on her shelf. Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice and Emma, from the BabyLit collection. It was very fun to get to show her the connection between the books, and I can’t wait till the day that I can introduce her to Jane Austen’s novels for the first time.

You can find out where to purchase a copy of Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen over at Harper Collins NZ.

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