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ROMEO AND JULIET (Shakespeare: the Animated Tales) Hardcover – Abridged, March 23, 1993

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Grade 5-12-- These three plays have been skillfully abridged by Garfield. His method is to retain Shakespeare's own language but to trim and cut either by giving only the early lines of longer passages, by editing scenes that involve secondary characters, or by cutting some scenes altogether. Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream stand up well. All of the well-known lines and most of the poetry have been saved. Romeo and Juliet is more truncated, but even here not only the basic plot but also the sense of urgency of the two young people's love has been preserved. Unlike the prose retellings of the stories by Charles and Mary Lamb, Marchette Chute, and Bernard Miles, these are shortened versions of the plays themselves, complete with stage directions and waiting to be performed. Fortunate the students whose teachers are willing to become producers. Based on "The Animated Tales as seen on HBO," there are lots of watercolor cartoon sketches throughout, which adds to the appeal for children. Each book begins with a short piece about the theatre in Shakespeare's time, about William Shakespeare, and about the play itself. Companion videos are available (Random House). --Ann Stell, Central Islip Public Library, NY
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Shakespeare: the Animated Tales
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (March 23, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679938745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679938743
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,306,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1996
Format: Hardcover
I have read Romeo and Juliet in 6 different versions, but this one I really enjoyed. It's underdstandable and easy to read. Good for all ages !!!!
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Format: Hardcover
Wonderful introduction to the real language of Shakespeare made accessible to even elementary age children.
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