Shakespeare Stories Box SetEnlarge cover Rate this product 1 2 3 4 5 This product has not been rated yet. Would you like to add a review? Additional Information Item number This is item number 939 in Cover 2 Cover March Offer 2014 and item number 542 in March Primary Offer 2014 ISBN 9781408313053 Other details For ages 9 to 11 New product Award winning author The Bard... but not so hard. These great retellings are full of crazy drama and so funny that Tony Ross did pictures all the way through. All the intrigue, humour and excitement of the original plays. In brand new funny stories full of gags and cheeky line artwork (you can see that artist Tony Ross had heaps of fun drawing Shakey's famous characters.) All supplied in a handsome boxed set. What's not to like?
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This is a great introduction to Shakespeare for kids! We bought this set right here on Amazon - great price for a collection of books like this. They tell the original stories in an easy to understand format for kids, which will give them a much better understanding of the originals as they get older. I had third and fourth graders reading the stories, and they enjoyed them very much. They were especially pleased with themselves for being able to say that they had read a Shakespeare story and be able to discuss the basic plots of these classics with their parents or other adults. The only reason I give a five star review is that the illustrations can be a little strange. Especially in the tragedies, one third grader describe the pictures as "super creepy". Most kids will be fine with them, but you might be aware if you have a more sensitive viewer picking up the books.
I would love to see more sets like this for other classic authors - Jane Austen perhaps? :-)
I picked these up at Costco last week, and they are just wonderful! The author has done a masterful job of presenting the meat of the story to a young audience while including snippets of Shakespeare's original language. The illustrations fit perfectly with the stories and remind me of Quentin Blake (illustrator for Roald Dahl). I've been reading them aloud to my seven year old daughter, and she just loves them. They are introducing her to classic stories and complex themes then she hasn't encountered before. Also each story includes a handy page at the beginning listing the cast of characters with illustrations. At then end is a little synopsis and analysis. Each story is short enough to read as a bed time story in one sitting. They also provide a nice review or first time read for adults. I read most of these plays in college as an English major, and I never thought I'd be reading and discussing them with my seven year old. LOVE!
We bought these this afternoon (at Costco rather than on Amazon), and my 8 year old son read all of Julius Caesar to me. He really enjoyed it, and we had a great conversation about it. It was a very challenging read with excellent vocabulary, and it kept his attention. Well worth the $16.99 it cost me.
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