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Shakespeare Stories Paperback – March 30, 1998
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up The value of this book will depend upon the intended use. From the deep orange endpapers, through generous margins and clear print, to the multitude of evocative illustrations, the volume is a delight. Foreman's intense watercolors and lively ink-wash illustrations go far to help create the moods of the stories. The storytelling is unevenGarfield is able to evoke the heartbreak of King Lear but fails to convey the crazy humor of Twelfth Night but it is generally competent enough. However, Garfield's visual descriptions are so specific and so lavish; his line interpretations so absolute that he almost guarantees that any given production will seem inadequate after such a buildup! Libraries that have Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare (Macmillan, 1963; o.p.) or Chute's Stories from Shakespeare (World, 1956; o.p.) probably don't need to add this luxury item. Garfield covers only 12 of the best-known plays, while the Lambs tell 20 tales and Chute leads the pack with 36. While Garfield's style is more accessible to modern readers and covers the plays more completely than the evasive Victorianisms of the Lambs, he must take a back seat when compared with the lucid straightforward prose in Chute's book. Sally T. Margolis, Town and Country Day School, Kensington, Md.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story/narration parts are told in modern Enflish. The famous quotes are left in the original. Nicely done!
Wonderful re-telling of Shakespeare's stories for the younger reader which still introduces him to the original with phrases from it woven into the text, plus amazingly evocative color plates. It really brings the whole thing to life
I'm a seasoned homeschool mom who is often frustrated with the endless search for the perfect materials. I found this book (volume 1) at the library, tried it, loved it, bought it--along with volume 2.
My youngest child is gifted in many ways, but is not a reading lover. It has been difficult finding books she enjoys enough to continue reading past the first few pages. Graphic Novels are helpful, but often lose the subtle nuances of more refined language in the nature of the illustrations.
These books (well-written retellings of some of Shakespeare's plays that have not lost the refinement of language inherent in the originals, but that also make the plays understandable and accessible to those who may be daunted by Elizabethan English) have captivated her. While she's not quite ready to plunge full-on into Shakespeare's originals, these books are making her a fan of his plays. She's seen quite a few of them onstage, several others on film, and loves them. And in a year or two or three when she's ready to tackle the originals, she will do so with great zeal and with a ready-made familiarity not only with the plays but with the language of Shakespeare.
They give not only the story, but a wonderful sense of the theatrical - you read and enjoy a visual sensation as well as the speech of Shakespeare (all the words 'spoken' are taken directly from Shakespeare's scripts).
Romeo and Juliet, for example, sweats in the heat of Verona. There is a fantastic image of wasps fighting! You go directly into the story - and moral considerations are there.
The pictures support the text well- giving yet another dimension to the book.
I've used these stories in the classroom for many years now - partly because young people (11 through to much older!) relate to them -but also because I really enjoy re-reading them.
(There is a whole set of Abridged Shakspeare by Garfield too - and wonderful Animations done with Russian animators!)