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Shakespeare For Children: Tales From Shakespeare (1879) Hardcover – September 10, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1169313095 ISBN-10: 1169313094

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1169313094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1169313095
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 10 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,538,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4 Up–In this assortment of tales based on Shakespeare's plays, students are introduced to ten great works. From the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet to the comedy of Twelfth Night, Charles and Mary Lamb's tales bring younger students the words of one of the world's greatest playwrights. The collection also includes Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and others. A helpful preface explains that the vocabulary used may be difficult for some listeners to understand, but has been kept as close to the original work as possible. Listeners are also warned that in changing the tales from plays to stories, constant dialogue is most often used, which, for younger listeners, may become confusing. Josephine Bailey and Simon Vance read the tales, giving distinct voices to the characters. This collection may not work well as a stand-alone for younger students because the language is difficult to follow. Paired with the authors' original text, however, the audio version would work well in elementary through high school libraries.–Lisa W. Baker, Chocowinity Middle School, NC
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Josephine Bailey was born in England and trained in performing arts at the Corona Academy in London. As a child, Josephine appeared in many feature films before going on to become a professional dancer. Returning to her love of acting has led to her recent performances for Hanna Barbera, Walt Disney and Nickleodeon.


Simon Vance is a prolific and popular audiobook narrator and actor with several hundred audiobooks to his credit. An Audie(R) Award-winner, Vance was recently named "The Voice of Choice" by "Booklist" magazine.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. Jacobson on July 8, 2006
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Excellent! Highly recommended (the book form of this item is good also). Would not recommend some of the stories for young children, but my five and six year old like some of the comedies, like A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Taming of the Shrew.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Na on November 25, 2011
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Every summer, I make a folder of work for my kids called Mom's Summer Work. One summer, I introduced them to Shakespeare with this CD. It includes 10 plays (5 comedies and 5 dramas). The editors did an amazing job preserving some of the Shakespearean language yet making the dialogue and plot accessible to youth. I downloaded some general questions and attached this booklet together for a long car ride to Disney World that summer (kids aged 14, 12 and 11). They found it challenging, but ultimately, I think they appreciated the introduction to Shakespeare.
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shannon R. Bowers on March 29, 2007
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The product came quickly. It was exactly as advetised and met expectations. Thank You.
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