Tales from Shakespeare Hardcover – August 5, 1998
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Sally Margolis, Barton Public Library, VT
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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That said, my grandchildren had these books from when they were about four years old (because the older one may have been six by that time). They absolutely adored reading them, as did all of their grown-ups. When they couldn't read the words for themselves, they would sit and study the really wonderful pictures/art work.
Now they are 12 and 10 years old, and the 10-year old's SPECIFIC request for a trip to England this summer is to SEE a Shakespeare play AT the Old Globe! She's seen at least two "Shakespeare in the Park" versions and now want to experience the "real thing". I credit this almost entirely to this wonderful series of books--get them all! The kids will love them. (And ignore the negative silliness--seriously, it's just silly--they couldn't think of anything else to say.)
One Proud Nana!
So I have one that loves them and one that didn't.
All in all I find this a great success at brining Shakespeare to kids!!!
(Beware of Amazon's policy to mix personal reviews and editorial reviews within item description of things with the same title but different editors, publishers, illustrators, binding, and so on. So far I only see the Marcia Williams volume linked here, but this can change.)
This volume includes Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, The Winter's Tale, Julius Ceasar, and The Tempest. Each story is told comic book style in 4 pages. Excerpts of the original language are put with the illustrations. Beneath each illustrated strip is straightforward story telling of what is going on. Around the edges of each page are illustrations representing the audience from Shakespeare's time and theater humerously commenting on the play.
The illustrations are colorful and fun and completely within the spirit of Shakespeare. The reader experiences it as part of the audience of a Shakespeare play. I own multiple Marcia Williams illustrated works and love them so much I'm trying to collect all of them (but beware if you click on Marcia Williams, some of what Amazon lists is not illustrated by her).
The volume does a great job of summarizing each play while introducing the child to the fun language of Shakespeare. There is also the historical cultural element of what the audience would be like.
Highly recommended for introducing the love of Shakespeare to small children. Also recommended for adults who want to be introduced to Shakespeare but don't feel they can handle the full stories.
Book introduces Shakespeare in comic-book format. For kids below eleven years, unrelieved blocks of print may sap the electronic-games drenched kid's determination to press on. Pictures offer that otherwise missing encouragement.
Nice present. Given to others' kids, the gift itself leaves the impressed other parents a whiff of the giver's unexpectedly high cultural level.
My only complaint is that it doesn’t fit on any of my book shelves. It’s too tall!
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However I'm happy with the book, it was what I expected and definitely recommend it as a way for children to learn about Shakespeare's plays.