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Saladin Noble Prince of Islam (Hardcover)

Author:  Diane Stanley Illustrator: Diane Stanley
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0688171354
ISBN-13: 9780688171353
Sku: 30950172
Publish Date: 8/1/2002
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 11.5H x 9.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  48
Age Range:  13 to 16
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Forty years before Saladin's birth, bloodthirsty hordes of the First Crusade conquered the divided factions of his native land. In time, Saladin was destined to become a great leader, a man with the courage and vision to unite his people against the invaders. Full-color illustrations.
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Forty years before the boy was born, a horde of bloodthirsty barbarians thundered out of the west and conquered his native land. They had succeeded because his people, ever at war with one another, had not fought together to defend their cities. In time the boy was destined to become the very leader that was needed, a man with the courage and vision to unite his people and face the most fearsome and brilliant warrior of the age.

The time was the twelfth century; the barbarian horde was the armies of the First Crusade; the great warrior was Richard the Lionhearted; and the leader was Saladin. This is more than the other side of a familiar Western story, the Crusades. It is the tale of an extraordinary man, remarkable for his generous and chivalrous ways, a warrior who longed for peace. Courageous in battle and merciful in victory, he would be revered even by his enemies as the "marvel of his time."

In her vibrant narrative and magnificently detailed illustrations inspired by the Islamic art of the time, Diane Stanley presents a hero whose compassion, piety, tolerance, and wisdom made him a model for his time -- and for ours.Offers the story of Saladin who, devastated by tales of past conquest, worked to unite his divided people in order to gain strength and put an end to the invasions from the people from western lands.

Forty years before the boy was born, a horde of bloodthirsty barbarians thundered out of the west and conquered his native land. They had succeeded because his people, ever at war with one another, had not fought together to defend their cities. In time the boy was destined to become the very leader that was needed, a man with the courage and vision to unite his people and face the most fearsome and brilliant warrior of the age.

The time was the twelfth century; the barbarian horde was the armies of the First Crusade; the great warrior was Richard the Lionhearted; and the leader was Saladin. This is more than the other side of a familiar Western story, the Crusades. It is the tale of an extraordinary man, remarkable for his generous and chivalrous ways, a warrior who longed for peace. Courageous in battle and merciful in victory, he would be revered even by his enemies as the "marvel of his time."

In her vibrant narrative and magnificently detailed illustrations inspired by the Islamic art of the time, Diane Stanley presents a hero whose compassion, piety, tolerance, and wisdom made him a model for his time -- and for ours.

Annotation:
This is a biography of Saladin, a 12th-century ruler who is known as "the Muslim saint-king." Illustrated with color paintings. Named one of the Best Children's Books 2002 by Publishers Weekly.
Author Bio
Diane Stanley
Diane Stanley is an author and illustrator of fiction and nonfiction books for children. Perhaps best known for her biographies of historical figures such as Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens, Stanley is also a noted reteller of multicultural folktales. Raised primarily by her divorced mother, Stanley had no formal training as an artist until she took a drawing class during her senior year at Trinity University. After graduation, she continued to study drawing in the hopes of becoming an illustrator of medical textbooks. Though, she is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University College of Medicine, she never pursued a career as a doctor because, she says after four years of medical school, "I suddenly discovered what I wanted to be when I grew up: a children's book illustrator." Her first book, THE FARMER IN THE DELL, was published in 1978. In addition to illustrating her own works, Stanley has also illustrated books by such authors as Verna Aardema, Jane Yolen, and her own mother--playwright and author Fay Grissom Stanley.

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"More than anything, this awesome and multilayered history paints a portrait of Saladin (1138-1193) as a intelligent, formidable warrior and generous, deeply religious ruler. Chances are, you'll close the book feeling as though you've seen a familiar scene from a distinctly different angle." - Christine Alfano Winter 2002-2003
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