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  • All the World's a Stage: A Pop-Up Biography of William Shakespeare
    by Michael Bender
    ISBN: 0811811476
    Shakespeare's world comes alive in the elaborate pop-up illustrations and fascinating text of this historically accurate portrait of the world's most famous dramatist. All the World's a Stage invites readers to step inside the life of 16th-century England's most luminous playwright and to discover how he got his start in the theater, how he came to London and later escaped the spreading plague, and how he evolved from an actor into the house playwright of the famous Globe Theater. Shakespeare is everywhere these days-from hit movies to best-selling scholarly studies-and this entertaining look at his life offers a perfect way for readers of any age to get better acquainted with the master of the Elizabethan stage.
  • Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare
    Diane Stanley & Peter Vennema
    ISBN: 0688162940
    Nobody knows exactly when or why William Shakespeare left his boyhood home of Stratford-on-Avon for the great city of London, but it didn't take long for him to make a name for himself. His plays are now performed almost every day in just about every part of the world, and even people who've never seen them, use words and phrases he introduced into the English language. How did a man from an unremarkable family create a legacy that the world will never forget? There will always be unsolved mysteries about Shakespeare, but what we do know of his life, his times, and his theater makes a dramatic and exciting story.
  • Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare
    by Diane Stanley (Illustrator), Peter Vennema (Author)
    ISBN: 0688162940
    William Shakespeare was the son of a glovemaker, a small-town boy with a grammar school education. Yet he grew up to become the greatest English-speaking playwright in the world. Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare is both his story and that of a great art rediscovered in the modern world.

    Drama had been forgotten since the days of ancient Greece, but it reemerged in Elizabethan London with the building of the first modern theater. Its impact can still be imagined today. There were the theaters, open to the weather and featuring neither sets nor curtains, but equipped with dramatic special effects. There were the companies of actors--the leading men, the comedians, the boys who played women's roles--and the playwrights who gave them all lines to say.

    Best of all, there was William Shakespeare, who rubbed shoulders with noblemen and royalty as well as with the rowdy crowds at the foot of the stage. He was suspected of involvement in a treasonous rebellion, and his last play literally brought down the house when cannon effects set fire to the famous Globe theater and it burned to the ground.

    Award-winning collaborators Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema have once again created a feast of words and pictures to celebrate the life of a remarkable person from the pages of history: William Shakespeare, a man for all time."
  • Best of Shakespeare, The
    by Edith Nesbit, Iona Opie (Introduction), Peter Hunt (Afterword)
    ISBN: 0195132130
    Amazon.com
    Yes, the name is familiar. E. Nesbit, who died in 1924, gave us The Railway Children and The Enchanted Castle. Now, with the publication of the Shakespeare stories she wrote (at their request) for her own children, adults and kids together can enjoy her fairy-tale prose in the retelling of 10 of Shakespeare's greatest stories.

    If you aren't sure you remember which daughter Lear visited first, who was traveling with Macbeth when he met those witches, or just why Rosalind was wandering around in the forest dressed like a boy--check here. Wonderful on their own, these retellings are also great preparation for any early theater or film excursion into these timeless plays.

    [The publishers recommend this book for ages 11 to adult, and they're right.]
  • Best-Loved Plays of Shakespeare, The
    by Jennifer Mulherin, Abigail Frost
    ISBN: 1887734627
    Ten of Shakespeare's most popular plays-A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, Twelfth Night, and Macbeth-are presented in story form. Easy to read and understand, each chapter is devoted to one play and includes quotations and an analysis of the main characters. Background material on Shakespeare and the Elizabethan theater are also given. This beautiful, profusely illustrated book is for children, but is suitable for all ages. Ages 10+.
  • Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare!
    by Marcia Williams
    ISBN: 076361209X
    Welcome to the renowned Globe Theatre, where seven classic Shakespearean plays are on the roster. Marcia Williams uses her popular comic-book style to bring AS YOU LIKE IT, KING LEAR, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, TWELFTH NIGHT, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, and RICHARD III vividly to life while evoking the mood, mischief, and manners of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Elizabethan theater. As in her previous volume, TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE, Williams blends her own storytelling skill with Shakespeare's rich dialogue to make these masterpieces accessible to even the most reluctant reader.
  • Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide To Six Shakespeare Plays
    by Peter J. Leithart
    ISBN: 1885767234
    Shakespeare was a great observer, who was able to see into the patterns of human character. Dare anyone say that these insights are irrelevant to living in the real world? For many in an older generation, the Bible and the Collected Shakespeare were the two indispensable books. Leithart's perceptive walk through these plays is written especially for a high-school level course, but older students will benefit as well. The six plays discussed are: Henry V, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado About Nothing.
  • Children's Shakespeare, The
    by Edith Nesbit (Author), William Shakespeare (Illustrator), Rolf Klep (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 089733485X
    In her touching introduction to this collection, Britain's beloved children's author E. Nesbit shares with us her very personal inspiration for The Children's Shakespeare. As a writer, she understood that the stories are the least part of Shakespeare, but as a mother she also understood the need for simplicity. Her daughters were far too young to handle such complex language, yet certainly they must be capable of appreciating, indeed enjoying, the stories hidden within.

    Envisioning this simplified introduction to works such as The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Taming of the Shrew-eleven plays in all-E. Nesbit set out to make them more accessible to young readers without sacrificing any essential elements. For if the stories were stripped of their wit and humor, of their emotion, the children would be no more entertained by them than by the indecipherable originals.

    In the end, under E. Nesbit's gifted pen, these stories emerged with all the charm and grace of the very best fairy tales. Written in thoroughly modern English and each no more than ten pages in length, the eleven plays featured in this volume afford children the opportunity to discover for themselves the magic of Shakespeare.
  • Child's Portrait of Shakespeare, A
    by Lois Burdett
    ISBN: 0887532616
    Lois Burdett has been a teacher at Hamlet Public School in Stratford, Ontario, for over twenty years and her expertise in bringing Shakespeare to life for children as young as seven is reflected in the children's clever insights and wonderful drawings which complement the play.

    Her success has resulted in an ever-increasing demand for workshops as far afield as Europe and Australia where she instructs educators on how they too can familiarize young children with Shakespeare.
  • Eyewitness: Shakespeare
    by Peter Chrisp, Steve Teague (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 078948336X
    Amazon.com
    William Shakespeare was born into an utterly fascinating time and place: 16th-century England. Eyewitness Books brings this era alive in the spectacular, modestly titled Shakespeare. Crammed with vivid photos of replicas and actual items from Shakespeare's time, the oversized volume shares with readers everything they ever wanted to know (and some things they probably didn't want to know) about the Bard, from details of his birthplace to descriptions of Queen Elizabeth's court (and clothing) to an explanation of how actors portrayed beheaded characters on stage. Curious readers will spend hour upon hour perusing this densely packed volume, and come away with a head full of knowledge about apple wives, the Globe Theatre, "nipping a bung" (purse snatching), the plague, bizarre face lotions, toothless bears, and religious conflict, not to mention a bit about Shakespeare's plays. Eyewitness: Shakespeare joins stacks of other fine Eyewitness titles, including Ancient Greece, Presidents, and Time & Space. (Ages 10 and older) --Emilie Coulter
  • Hamlet : By William Shakespeare
    by Kenneth Branagh
    ISBN: 0393315053
  • Hamlet For Kids
    by Lois Burdett
    ISBN: 1552095304
    Perhaps the best-known of Shakespeare's tragedies, "Hamlet" has all the ingredients for a gripping story: revenge and power, familial love and betrayal, dramatic sword fights, dark spooky scenes. Once again Lois Burdett has woven her own brand of magic by transforming Shakespeare's complex verse into rhyming couplets. She has created a version of "Hamlet" especially for children, even as young as seven, and one that readers of all ages will enjoy.
  • Hamlet Study Guide
    by Bethine Ellie
    ISBN: 158609162X
  • Julius Caesar Study Guide
    by Michael S. Gilleland (Author)
    ISBN: 1586091921
    This study guide provides easy-to-use, reproducible lessons on literary terms, comprehension and analysis, critical thinking, related scriptural principles, vocabulary, activities, plus a complete answer key. Examines the play from a Christian perspective.

    Play Description: Julius Caesar has been made emperor of Rome for life, and many want to make him king. But some in the Roman Senate envy Caesar his success and others fear what he may do with his power, and so they arrange his death. The conspirators discover that assassination is a messy tool for achieving power, however, and ruling Rome is more complicated than removing Caesar. By William Shakespeare.
  • King of Shadows
    by Susan Cooper
    ISBN: 0689828179
    Nat Field's short life has been shadowed by loss and horror. His one escape is his talent for acting, and he has been picked by a dazzling international director to perform at Shakespeare's Globe, London's amazing new copy of the theater for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays four hundred years ago.

    Brought from all over the U.S., the members of the American Company of Boys begin to rehearse at the Globe. But strange, eerie echoes of the past begin creeping in. Nat goes to bed mysteriously sick -- is it the dreadful bubonic plague of the sixteenth century? He wakes up healthy, but he's no longer in the present, he's in 1599, acting at the original Globe. And his costar is Shakespeare: no longer a vague historical figure, but a quirky, warm-hearted writer/actor whose friendship changes Nat forever.

    Nat has a new life, blazing with excitement, edged with danger, but why is he here? Is he trapped in Elizabethan London? Will he ever go home?

    Playing deftly with Time and Destiny as she did in her classic fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising, Susan Cooper tells a vivid, fascinating and ultimately very moving story of the painful business of growing up, against a background of the timeless, glowing magic of the theater.
  • MacBeth For Kids
    by Lois Burdett
    ISBN: 0887532799
  • Macbeth Study Guide
    by Michael S. Gilleland
    ISBN: 1586091700
  • Merchant of Venice Study Guide, The
    by Bethine Ellie
    ISBN: 1586091557
  • Midsummer Night's Dream For Kids, A
    by Lois Burdett
    ISBN: 1552091244
  • More Tales from Shakespeare
    by Marcia Williams (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763626937
    Grab a seat as Marcia Williams wields her popular comic-book style to bring AS YOU LIKE IT, KING LEAR, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, TWELFTH NIGHT, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, and RICHARD III vividly to life while evoking the mood, mischief, and manners of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Elizabethan theater. As in her previous volume TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE, Williams blends her own storytelling skill with Shakespeare's rich dialogue to make these masterpieces accessible to even the most reluctant reader. Bravo!
  • Much Ado About Nothing For Kids
    by Lois Burdett
    ISBN: 1552091244
    "What, my Lady Disdain, are you yet living?" These famous lines from Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing delightfully shows the verbal sparring between the reluctant lovers, Beatrice and Benedick who are happily brought together at the end by the schemes of their friends. And, no story is complete without at least one evil character, Don John, who unsuccessfully tries to tear apart the wedding plans of Hero and Claudio, the other lovers in this sparkling tale.
  • Playmaker, The
    by J. B. Cheaney
    ISBN: 0440417104
    Amazon.com
    The Playmaker, by first-time novelist J.B. Cheaney, is a lively historical fiction of Shakespearean proportions. The year is 1597. Young Richard Malory has come to the rough streets of London to seek his missing father, who abandoned the family long ago. But after meeting a series of dead ends, he resigns himself to the fact that his lost father may not wish to be found. In his despair, he is persuaded by the pretty maid Starling to audition for Lord Chamberlain's Men, an acting troupe that numbers among its players Will Shakespeare himself. Richard immerses himself in the stage; never noticing that someone is following his every move along London's twisted streets--someone who knows Richard's mysterious father and of his allegiance to a secret society that has sworn to overthrow the Queen. It will take Richard's fumbling detective work and Starling's quick eye to uncover both a traitor to the throne and the identity of Richard's father.

    While the conspiracy plotline will undoubtedly keep teens reading to find out who or what is behind the traitorous plan, it is Cheaney's engaging descriptions of the Elizabethan theatre that flesh out the story and (literally) steal scene after scene. Chaotic costume changes, instantaneous line memorization, and the problems young men have playing young women are all skillfully and humorously drawn. History teachers will enjoy assigning this novel (along with Susan Cooper's King of Shadows) as young Richard meets not only Shakespeare but also his rival, Ben Jonson, and even spies the "white-faced figure" of Queen Elizabeth from afar. The Playmaker is a promising first effort. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert
  • Romeo & Juliet Study Guide
    by Bethine Ellie
    ISBN: 1586091581
  • Romeo and Juliet
    by Jim Weiss
    ISBN: B000EGXTW6
    Romeo and Juliet by Greathall Productions and told by Jim Weiss is a delightful piece of literature and a story that will enthrall young and old alike. The profound beauty of Shakespeare's most famous verse and characters come profoundly alive as you are transported through torch-lit feasting halls, dusty streets and moonlit gardens of Renaissance Italy. This masterpiece of feuding families and young love has thrilled audiences for four centuries. No recording can take the place of Mom or Dad spending time reading or telling stories to their children. Nevertheless, children need independent time, and listening to Greathall recordings provides them with quality, intelligent content that builds essential auditory skills, while entertaining. Jim Weiss Story Tales fascinate listeners young and old and have been applauded by educators, Liberians and parents since their introduction. For ages seven to adult.
  • Romeo and Juliet
    by Bruce Coville, William Shakespeare, Dennis Nolan (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0803724624
    Joining Bruce Coville's earlier prose adaptations of Shakespeare's plays is this picture book treatment of the Bard's most popular work ever. The tender story of the young star-crossed lovers from warring families, Romeo and Juliet has moved audiences to tears for four hundred years. And Coville tells it in a way that will surely whet the appetite of young audiences, who will then find even greater enjoyment in the original. As with his earlier adaptations, Coville expertly combines his own dramatic language with key lines from the play. Dennis Nolan, who illustrated Coville's version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, contributes stunning paintings, including a gatefold of the famous balcony scene.
  • Romeo and Juliet For Kids
    y Lois Burdett
    ISBN: 1552092291
  • Scenes from Shakespeare: Fifteen Cuttings for the Classroom
    by Michael Wilson
    ISBN: 0916260909
    A collection of fifteen short scenes from five Shakespeare plays: "Romeo and Juliet," "The Merchant of Venice," "Julius Caesar," "Othello," and "Hamlet." Each scene is preceded by a plot synopsis and descriptions of the characters.
  • Shakespeare (Fandex Family Field Guides)
    by Dan Myerson
    ISBN: 0761117733
    The Bard is back in a big way, and SHAKESPEARE helps us remember the things we may have forgotten and introduces us to new facets of Shakespeare that we may never have learned. With illustrations that mix photographs of actors who defined their roles--Kenneth Branagh as Henry V, Sir John Gielgud as Prospero--and historic paintings of characters, SHAKESPEARE puts the author, his every play, his sonnets, and his world in the palm of the reader's hand.
  • Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Age
    by Andrew Langley
    ISBN: 0762407476
    An exciting new direction for our well-received Treasure Chests series, this highly innovative kit takes children aged 8 to 13 on a vivid, interactive journey back to the Elizabethan era. The world of Shakespeare has never been more accessible, or more engrossing! A full-color, fact-filled book and a series of intriguing components are the vehicles for this fun and education time travel, designed to inspire kids to present their own Shakespearean dramas. A secret drawer opens to reveal games, maps, and the plots of the Bard's most familiar plays, endlessly fascinating in their presentation of intrigue, humor, tragedy, and adventure. Kids can build a wonderfully detailed replica of the Globe Theater, and then use the authentic letter press, complete with printing frame, moveable type, and ink roller, to print up their own posters and handbills in authentic period typefaces.
  • Shakespeare for Everyone to Enjoy
    by David R. Brown
    ISBN: 0977257711
  • Shakespeare for Kids : His Life and Times : 21 Activities
    by Colleen Aagesen, Margie Blumberg
    ISBN: 1556523475
    Kids can experience William Shakespeare’s England and get their first taste of the Bard’s sublime craft with this lively biography and activity book. Staging swordplay, learning to juggle, and creating authentic costumes like a flamboyant shirt with slashed sleeves or a lady’s lace-trimmed glove bring the theater arts to life. Making a quill pen and using it to write a story, binding a simple book by hand, creating a fragrant pomander ball and a dish of stewed apples show what daily life was like in Elizabethan times. Inspired by scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, kids can invent new words, write songs, and devise scathing or comical insults just as he did. Fascinating and accurate historical information and 21 fun activities open a dramatic new world of learning for children ages 8 and up.
  • Shakespeare Stealer, The
    by Gary Blackwood
    ISBN: 0141305959
    Widge is an orphan with a rare talent for shorthand. His fearsome master has just one demand: steal Shakespeare's play "Hamlet"--or else. Widge has no choice but to follow orders, so he works his way into the heart of the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare's players perform. As full of twists and turns as a London alleyway, this entertaining novel is rich in period details, colorful characters, villainy, and drama.
  • Shakespeare to Teach or Not to Teach
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    ISBN: 1877749036
  • Shakespeare: For All Time
    by Stanley Wells
    ISBN: 0195160932
    From the entry of Shakespeare's birth in the Stratford church register to a Norwegian production of Macbeth in which the hero was represented by a tomato, this enthralling and splendidly illustrated book tells the story of Shakespeare's life, his writings, and his afterlife.

    Drawing on a lifetime's experience of studying, teaching, editing, and writing about Shakespeare, Stanley Wells combines scholarly authority with authorial flair in a book that will appeal equally to the specialist and the untutored enthusiast. Chapters on Shakespeare's life in Stratford and in London offer a fresh view of the development of the writer's career and personality. At the core of the book lies a magisterial study of the writings themselves--how Shakespeare set about writing a play, his relationships with the company of actors with whom he worked, his developing mastery of the literary and rhetorical skills that he learned at the Stratford grammar school, the essentially theatrical quality of the structure and language of his plays. Subsequent chapters trace the fluctuating fortunes of his reputation and influence. Here are accounts of adaptations, productions, and individual performances in England and, increasingly, overseas; of great occasions such as the Garrick Jubilee and the tercentenary celebrations of 1864; of the spread of Shakespeare's reputation in France and Germany, Russia and America, and, more recently, the Far East; of Shakespearian discoveries and forgeries; of critical reactions, favorable and otherwise, and of scholarly activity; of paintings, music, films and other works of art inspired by the plays; of the plays' use in education and the political arena, and of the pleasure and intellectual stimulus that they have given to an increasingly international public.

    Shakespeare, said Ben Jonson, was not of an age but for all time. This is a book about him for our time.
  • Shakespeare: His Work and His World
    by Michael Rosen, Robert R. Ingpen (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763615684
    Tongue-tied. Dull as dishwater. Without rhyme or reason. Leapfrog. Excellent. Gloomy. These words and phrases, so much a part of our daily language, were coined by William Shakespeare more than four hundred years ago. In what other ways has Shakespeare shaped and influenced our words and culture? Find out with Michael Rosen’s fascinating exploration of the enduring genius of the greatest playwright in the English language, SHAKESPEARE: HIS WORK AND HIS WORLD. Learn what theatre was like when Shakespeare created and acted in his plays. With dramatic illustrations by Robert Ingpen, the fluid text is sprinkled with Shakespearean quotations to re-create the Bard’s world of kings and queens, fairies and potions, and bloody beheadings. This sweeping account is a biography, a history, and a retelling of some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays—all in one approachable volume.
  • Shakespeare's English Kings: History, Chronicle, and Drama
    by Peter Saccio
    ISBN: 0195123190
    Book Description
    Far more than any professional historian, Shakespeare is responsible for whatever notions most of us possess about English medieval history. Anyone who appreciates the dramatic action of Shakespeare's history plays but is confused by much of the historical detail will welcome this guide to the Richards, Edwards, Henrys, Warwicks and Norfolks who ruled and fought across Shakespeare's page and stage. Not only theater-goers and students, but today's film-goers who want to enrich their understanding of film adaptations of plays such as Richard III and Henry V will find this revised edition of Shakespeare's English Kings to be an essential companion.

    Saccio's engaging narrative weaves together three threads: medieval English history according to the Tudor chroniclers who provided Shakespeare with his material, that history as understood by modern scholars, and the action of the plays themselves. Including a new preface, a revised further reading list, genealogical charts, an appendix of names and titles, and an index, the second edition of Shakespeare's English Kings offers excellent background reading for all of the ten history plays.
  • Shakespeare's Globe : An Interactive Pop-up Theatre
    by Toby Forward, Juan Wijngaard (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763626945
    Welcome to the Globe, the greatest theater in the world! The year is 1612, and leading Shakespearean actor Richard Burbage is conducting a backstage tour of everything from the pit below the stage to the grand ceiling painted to resemble the heavens. Take a peek inside this marvelous miniature theater to find:
    — A 3-D pop-up model of the Globe Theatre
    — A book of fascinating inside facts on the theater's history, design, and legendary performances
    — 10 sheets containing a total of 20 press-out, standup characters
    — Two booklets — one for you and one for a friend — featuring popular scenes from 12 Shakespearean plays, including A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, ROMEO AND JULIET, TWELFTH NIGHT, AS YOU LIKE IT, and more

    In SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE — approved by the Globe Theatre itself — you'll find everything you need to stage your own performances of the most memorable scenes in theater history.
  • Shakespeare's Kings
    by John Julius Norwich
    ISBN: 0743200314
    Amazon.com
    If Shakespeare's complicated portrayal of the teeming womb of royal kings (Richard II) of England in his history plays has always confused you, then John Julius Norwich's Shakespeare's Kings is one solution to your problems. Watching Henry IV as a young boy, Norwich asked, where did history stop and drama begin? It is this question that Shakespeare's Kings seeks to answer, as it chronicles the historical events of the reigns of the monarchs of England dramatized in Shakespeare's plays. Beginning with Edward III, Norwich details the turbulent reign of Richard II, the rise of Henry IV, and the triumphs of Henry V, the disastrous reign of Henry VI, the Wars of the Roses, the evil of Richard III, and the painful birth of the Tudor monarchy.

    Norwich sheds interesting light on what Shakespeare did with his sources (particularly Holinshed), as he provides chapters that detail the history of a particular monarch, which is then tested against Shakespeare's play of that particular king. This throws up some interesting points, such as the fact that the great nationalist John of Gaunt in Richard II was actually a deeply unpopular, patrician figure. The book also contains some wonderful illustrations and excellent tables of family trees, maps and an appendix that offers the entirety of Edward III, only recently (and still controversially) accepted into the canon by Shakespeare scholars.

    However, the general reader should also treat Norwich's claim to historical objectivity with some caution. Shakespeare's Kings is almost completely ignorant of recent critical and historical studies of Shakespeare and historical studies of the monarchs under consideration. Norwich argues that Shakespeare would never have claimed historical accuracy--and to establish just how close he came has been one of the principal purposes of this book--because he was a dramatist, not a historian. But this obscures the extent to which history and literature are invariably entwined and nowhere more so than in Shakespeare. But there's the rub. --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk
  • Shakespeare's Scribe
    by Gary Blackwood
    ISBN: 0142300667
    When an outbreak of the deadly Black Plague closes the Globe Theatre, William Shakespeare's acting troupe sets off on a tour of England. Widge, the orphan-turned-actor, knows that he'll be useful on the trip. Not only does he love the stage, but his knack for a unique shorthand has proven him one of the most valuable apprentices in the troupe. But then a mysterious man appears, claiming to know a secret from Widge's past-a secret that may forever force him from the theatre he loves.
  • Shakespeare's Spy
    by Gary Blackwood
    ISBN: 0142403113
    Things are disappearing mysteriously from Will Shakespeare's acting company, and it looks like an inside job. Everyone's eyes are on Widge, the orphan boy turned actor, and former thief. Widge knows better than anyone that Shakespeare's plays must be protected at all costs. In order to prove his innocence and clear his name, Widge must learn a new role: spy. But can he dig through the suspects and skulduggery and catch the true culprit?
  • Shakespeare's Storybook: Folk Tales That Inspired the Bard
    by Patrick Ryan, James Mayhew (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1841483079
  • Simply Shakespeare : Readers Theatre for Young People
    by Jennifer L. Kroll (Editor)
    ISBN: 1563089467
    You don't have to look any further to find the best of the Bard! From misalliances and misadventures to romance and comedy, students can explore the wonderful world of Shakespeare through Readers Theatre. This unique collection of 13 scripts from Weekly Reader's Read magazine features age-appropriate play adaptations from some of Shakespeare's greatest and best-known works. Magnificently preserving the flavor of Shakespeare's writings, the language has been modernized so that young readers can easily grasp and appreciate the characters and the plot. Each script is accompanied by a summary, presentation suggestions, and a character list.
  • Sixty-Minute Shakespeare : Macbeth
    by Cass Foster, Paul M. Howey (Editor)
    ISBN: 1877749419
  • Sixty-Minute Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream
    by Cass Foster, Paul M. Howey (Editor)
    ISBN: 1877749370
    The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series is an ideal alternative for those who lack the time to tackle the unabridged versions of the world's most widely read playwright. Professor Cass Foster has judiciously condensed (without modernizing) the Bard's richly poetic language. He has skillfully retained the integrity of the text, allowing students to experience the thrill of the stories as well as the captivating imagery in the prose and verse.

    In addition, the author has provided helpful footnotes on nearly every page explaining the more arcane words and phrases to help the reader better understand and appreciate each play. You will find the practical suggestions clearly laid out for staging, pacing, and thematic exploration very useful. Scenes flow smoothly from one to the next, maintaining a continuity difficult to find in other condensed versions of the Bard's works. Each script is approximately 70 pages.
  • Sixty-Minute Shakespeare: Hamlet
    by Cass Foster, Paul m Howey (Editor)
    ISBN: 1877749400
  • Sixty-Minute Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing
    by Cass Foster, Paul M. Howey (Editor)
    ISBN: 1877749427
  • Sixty-Minute Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
    by Cass Foster, Paul m Howey (Editor)
    ISBN: 1877749389
    The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series is an ideal alternative for those who lack the time to tackle the unabridged versions of the world's most widely read playwright. Professor Cass Foster has judiciously condensed (without modernizing) the Bard's richly poetic language. He has skillfully retained the integrity of the text, allowing students to experience the thrill of the stories as well as the captivating imagery in the prose and verse.

    In addition, the author has provided helpful footnotes on nearly every page explaining the more arcane words and phrases to help the reader better understand and appreciate each play. You will find the practical suggestions clearly laid out for staging, pacing, and thematic exploration very useful. Scenes flow smoothly from one to the next, maintaining a continuity difficult to find in other condensed versions of the Bard's works. Each script is approximately 70 pages.
  • Sixty-Minute Shakespeare: Twelfth Night
    by Cass Foster, Paul M. Howey (Editor)
    ISBN: 1877749397
  • Stepping into Shakespeare : Practical Ways of Teaching Shakespeare to Younger Learners
    by Rex Gibson
    ISBN: 0521775574
    Stepping into Shakespeare provides attractive and suitable teaching materials to help teachers introduce their students to Shakespeare in a wide range of active ways. Such methods develop all aspects of students’ literacy skills, understanding and practice; and the materials will release, resource and enhance students’ imagination, appreciation and enjoyment.
  • Story of Romeo & Juliet, The
    Cass Foster. Writing Co.
    ISBN: 096198533X
  • Tales from Shakespeare
    Charles and Mary Lamb
    ISBN: 0140366776
    Charles Lamb became one of the eighteenth century's greatest writers of occasional prose. Though Lambs' Tales (1807) were intended to introduce Shakespeare's plays and offer moral education to the young, their warmth and clarity make them pleasurable reading even to confirmed Shakespeareans. Illustrated with eleven line drawings by Arthur Rackham.
  • Tales from Shakespeare : Seven Plays
    by Marcia Williams
    ISBN: 0763604410
    Come and wend your way along London's Thames River to the Globe Theatre, where seven favorite Shakespearean plays are being performed. ROMEO AND JULIET, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, JULIUS CAESAR, HAMLET, MACBETH, THE WINTER'S TALE, and THE TEMPEST, full of Shakespeare's rich dialogue, are brought to life in Marcia Williams's signature comic-strip style. Although they are approximately 400 years old, William Shakespeare's plays are just as relevent today as they were in the 16th and 17th centuries, when going to the theater was a favorite pastime.
  • Teaching Shakespeare : A Handbook for Teachers
    Rex Gibson
    ISBN: 0521577888
    Teaching Shakespeare is a major contribution to the knowledge and expertise of all teachers of Shakespeare in schools, colleges and institutions of higher education. It makes explicit the principles of active learning that underpin Cambridge School Shakespeare and helps teachers develop their existing good practice. Practical examples are given from the plays most frequently used in schools, but Rex Gibson shows that the principles apply equally to the less frequently studied plays, thereby extending the canon of school Shakespeare.
  • Teaching Shakespeare: Yes, You Can! (Grades 5-8)
    by Lorraine Hopping Egan
    ISBN: 059037401X
    Motivating activities will help students explore plot and character and develop an appreciation of Shakespeare's works. Includes internet links, a mini-glossary, reproducibles, and a colorful poster highlighting famous Shakespearean quotes.
  • Tempest For Kids, The
    by Lois Burdett
    ISBN: 1552093263
    "The Tempest" is an exciting tale of jealousy and betrayal, magic and romance, repentance and forgiveness, and has all the elements necessary to ignite a young child's imagination and creative energy. By her use of rhyming couplets, Lois Burdett has once again succeeded in transforming Shakespeare's complex verse into a format readily understood by children.
  • Ten Tales from Shakespeare
    by Charles Lamb (Author), Mary Lamb (Author)
    ISBN: 0486428435
    Enthralling prose retellings for young readers of some of Shakespeare's most beloved works. This selection of works features The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, and Othello.
  • Treasury of Shakespeare's Verse, A
    by Gina Pollinger
    ISBN: 0753452928
    An engaging introduction to Shakespeare, this lyrically llustrated anthology has been carefully edited to be accessible both to older children and teenagers. More then 200 short gems of verse, arranged in thematic sections -- heroics and love, good and evil, fun and frolic, magic and mystery -- capture the rich, powerful language and imagery of Shakespeare without overwhelming the reader who is new to Elizabethan poetry. A beautiful book that the whole family can treasure. Includes index of plays and first lines.
  • True Prince, The
    by J. B. Cheaney
    ISBN: 0375914331
    At seventeen, Kit Glover finds his coming-of-age unusually fraught. Having built his career on playing women on the Elizabethan stage, he finds it harder than expected to "play the man," whether onstage or off. In some ways, his struggles reflect those of Prince Hal in the new play his company is performing that season--Kit even has his own Falstaff. The story is seen through the eyes of Richard Malory, Kit's closest rival, whose fate becomes entwined in a surprising way
  • Twelfth Night For Kids
    by Lois Burdett
    ISBN: 0887532330
  • Understanding Hamlet
    by Don Nardo
    ISBN: 1560068302
    In this most famous play, William Shakespeare probes the complexities of the human experience. The work's timeless themes, its characters, and plot are discussed as is this great author's life and work.
  • William Shakespeare & the Globe
    by Aliki
    ISBN: 0064437221
    Aliki combines literature, history, biography, archaeology, and architecture in this richly detailed and meticulously researched introduction to Shakespeare's world–his life in Elizabethan times, the theater world, and the Globe, for which he wrote his plays. Then she brings history full circle to the present–day reconstruction of the Globe theater.
  • William Shakespeare: Poetry for Young People
    by David Scott Kastan (Editor), Marina Kastan (Editor), William Shakespeare (Illustrator, Editor), Glenn Harrington
    ISBN: 0806943440
    Introduces the poetry of William Shakespeare through a sampling of sonnets and excerpts from his plays.
  • William Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream
    by Bruce Coville, William Shakespeare, Dennis Nolan (Illustrator), Tim Raglin (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0803717849
  • William Shakespeare's Hamlet
    by Bruce Coville, Leonid Gore (Illustrator), Dayle Ann Dodds
    ISBN: 0803727089
    Availability: This item will be released in March 2004.
  • William Shakespeare's Macbeth
    by Bruce Coville, Gary Kelley (Illustrator), William Shakespeare, Tim Raglin (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0803718993
    A first-rate entree to the Bard, hailed Publishers Weekly in praise of Bruce Coville's adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Dial). Now the author follows with Macbeth, expertly weaving his own dramatic yet accessible prose with language from the play, creating a gateway to the greater enjoyment of the original. Powerful paintings, rich in atmosphere, by renowned artist Gary Kelley--winner of twenty medals from the Society of Illustrators--make this, like its predecessor, a classic in itself, full justice to the genius that came before. * A perfect gift for both newcomers to Shakespeare's work as well as devoted followers.
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