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How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare Paperback – July 1, 2014
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“Ken Ludwig's enthusiasm for Shakespeare and his lucid, accessible and inspiring book on How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare is a rare treat. You and your children will be transformed into the magic and mystery of Shakespeare and his stories in an instant. I highly recommend the book to all who have a love of language and history.” —Sir Derek Jacobi, CBE
“How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare is an inspired and inspiring book. It’s also a deeply rewarding one that will bring a great deal of pleasure to many parents and children. Ken Ludwig, a wonderful playwright, proves to be a superb guide to Shakespeare as well.” —James Shapiro, author of A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare and Contested Will
“I wish someone had given this book to my parents. It would have made a life-changing task downright fun. Ken Ludwig is a smart, congenial and inventive guide, and everywhere in this remarkable book he takes the strangeness out of Shakespeare's work and leaves the enchanting mystery. A book for all lovers, and potential lovers, of Shakespeare. Like nothing else, it creates a magical home theater for parents and their children.” —J. D. McClatchy, Yale University
“I have been in [Ken's] home. His children really do know Shakespeare. Read the book and you'll see why. It's scholarship dancing around with fun.” —Hal Holbrook
“Don’t be fooled by the title. This book is for anyone who wants to brush up on Shakespeare… Don’t buy this book to teach your children; take them along as you commit these beautiful speeches to memory.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[Ludiwg’s] enthusiasm is also infectious . . . it’s hard to come away from this book without wanting to find someone, child or adult, to convert.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
About the Author
KEN LUDWIG is an internationally acclaimed playwright who has had numerous hits on Broadway, in London, and throughout the world. His plays and musicals include Lend Me a Tenor, which won two Tony Awards, and Crazy for You, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards and the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. His work has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has been performed in over thirty countries in more than twenty languages. Visit him at www.kenludwig.com.
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The instructions are clear, explanations of words and meanings are SHORT and To-The-Point, and explains as you go.
Puts the piece in context and quickly explains the story.
The lessons are quick, 10-15 min.
He is learning the best pieces selected from each play, which makes him curious about the rest.
Shakespeare is important because familiarity with older language helps us understand Scripture, and The Federalist Papers, and the Constitution.
It also helps expression through a safe medium. Rage, Betrayal, War, Love...Real World concepts explored through story and language, with a deeper meaning than today's shallow movies and books.
If your kids are very young, and there's
a part that's too grown-up, just skip a lesson and move on. Not a big deal!
What I love is how its all layed out for you. Just read along and it teaches as you go. Its all inclusive.
No previous knowledge needed. No looking up words.
Anybody could do this.
Its All In One, open and go.
Keep in mind this is a manual on MEMORIZING Shakespeare. NOT an in-depth dissertation!
So RELAX. This is supposed to be fun!
You can always add more, later. Or go see the play.
We have all learned many passages together. It is fun to recite them for friends and family. Shakespeare's words are even more impressive when you hear them coming lovingly and with knowledge of their meaning from your children's mouths. Great book!
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The best gentle introduction to Shakespeare I have read so far.Read more