Friday, February 22, 2019

Jane Austen for Kids

Jane Austen for Kids: Her Life, Her Writings, and World with 21 Activities. Nancy I. Sanders. 2019. Chicago Review Press. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen's beginnings seemed simple enough. She was born in England on December 16, 1775, the seventh of eight children.

Premise/plot: This is a nonfiction book--or guide--to the life, times, and work--of Jane Austen for older children or even young adults. At its simplest the book provides a biographical sketch of Jane Austen along with summaries of each of her novels. But it offers much more than that. One really gets immersed into her time--the Georgian period--as well. For anyone who loves history and/or literature this one is well worth seeking out.

The twenty-one activities. There are indeed twenty-one activities incorporated into this nonfiction guide. They range from easy to super difficult. I'd be surprised if anyone found it easy to do all twenty-one.
  • Host a Regency Tea
  • Design a Coat of Arms
  • Learn Social Etiquette Among the Gentry
  • Play with Puns
  • Plant an English Kitchen Garden
  • Master the Rules of Cricket
  • Craft a Christmas Kissing Bough
  • Learn an English Country Dance
  • Decorate a Candle
  • Perform a Theatrical
  • Create a Regency Style Turban
  • Make a Top Hat
  • Navigate with a Sextant
  • Say It With Satire
  • Dance the Boulanger
  • Sew a Reticule
  • Curl Your Hair
  • Wear Regency Style Side Whiskers
  • Enjoy a Game of Whist
  • Write a Comedy
  • Self Publish a Book
My thoughts: I really enjoyed reading this one. (I've read others in this series as well.) I found it to be an engaging read overall. I love, love, love Jane Austen and it was a treat to revisit her life in a kid-friendly format.

© 2019 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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