From Publishers Weekly
PW called this adaptation "an admirable introduction" to Shakespeare's play, and drew attention to the "old-fashioned oil paintings [that] capture both ethereal spirits and the heavy brocade of the period setting." All ages.- capture both ethereal spirits and the heavy brocade of the period setting." All ages.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-Coville tells the central story of The Tempest in a graceful, fairy-tale style, beginning with "Once on a time...." The telling is accurate as far as it goes and, for a young audience, the elimination of flashbacks may help avoid confusion. However, much of the humor and magic that depends on the poetry and wordplay are lost. The threat and foolishness of Caliban, the illusions of Prospero and Ariel, the innocent wonder of Miranda, and the sufferings and repentance of Prospero's targets must be developed to be felt and understood. Sanderson's full-page oils are powerfully rendered, full of light, massive cliffs, half-seen sprites, and stormy seas. Prospero is strong and dominating, while Miranda is sweetly realistic if somewhat stolid. It's unfortunate that Caliban, the character with the most child appeal, seems a bit puny. The island setting is the star of these pictures-a wild and worthy brave, new world. Perhaps the simplified story and lavish pictures will help create an audience for the play, but there is little flesh on the bones of this tale.Sally Margolis, Deerfield Public Library, IL
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