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Plays Children Love: Volume II: A Treasury of Contemporary and Classic Plays for Children Paperback – November 15, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Plays Children Love (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (November 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312079737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312079734
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most complete guide available on all aspects of children's theater."—Clarus: Words and Music for Young People

About the Author

Coleman A. Jennings, Ph.D, is a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. A pioneering scholar and mentor in both the study and advocacy of performing arts for children, he has taught courses in creative drama, theater for young audiences, and children's dramatic literature at UT-Austin since 1963. His many other anthologies include Theatre for Young Audiences: 20 Great Plays for Children, Eight Plays for Children: The New Generation Play Project; and Theatre for Youth: Twelve Plays with Mature Themes.

Aurand Harris is the most produced playwright for young audiences in the United States, with more than 30 published plays to his credit. Before his death in 1996, he was the first children's playwright to receive a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the first to win the Charolette Chorpenning Cup from the American Theatre Association. His widely revered plays include The Arkansaw Bear, Androcles and the Lion, Rags to Riches, The Tobey Show, Monkey Magic, Pinballs, and The Orphan Train. Harris also wrote stage adaptations for such well-known stories as Pocohantas and The Magician's Nephew.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Hoffmann on March 12, 2002
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This collection provides a good mix of large and small group plays, including The Wizard of Oz, Treasure Island and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It might not be great theater, but it gave the elementary school kids I was working with a chance to perform a familiar story without a million rehearsals. The lines are manageable and the kids weren't put off by having to learn long speeches.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1999
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Disappointing. Only a small portion of the book is devoted to plays that children can perform themselves. The handful of plays in this section provide a good example of the multiculturism fad in kids' books these days. The plays are identified as coming from several different countries. But this supposedly diverse group of plays is uniformly unentertaining, with little or no educational content.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Berry on January 9, 2007
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I love all of the different types of plays. I am using the second section of plays for children. The narration is perfect, and the lines are often funny. My students love the play, "How the First Letter Was Written." It's a great source.
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The anthology was in perfect shape and contained the plays I wanted to find. After getting the first volume (quite by accident) I was thrilled to get this second volume.
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I am very disappointed with this book and wanted to return it. I wish I could change it for another book. I could not use this with my elementary school kids. I don't have money to waste as I used my own.
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