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Shakespeare's Julius Caeser for Kids: 3 Short Melodramatic Plays for 3 Group Sizes (Playing with Plays) Paperback – December 2, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
He liked it so much, in fact, that he immediately asked that we re-read the story again, this time a longer version, and this time with the aid of his older sister -- so we could share out the rolls.
We did, and the three of us had a blast.
This book is so much fun. The parts that should have been grisly were downright funny -- which is why my kids wanted to read it again and again.
I think that having three different stagings makes the plays very adaptable to different situations. You can essentially pick the length and degree of complexity that best fits your situation.
The book contains 3 slightly different versions of the play. All of the versions take about 10-15 minutes to read or act out, but the number of speaking parts .AND. the degree of plot complexity varies.
This is the second book in this series that we've read, and I must say that it won't be the last. I simply adore that I can introduce Shakespeare to my children much earlier than I had thought possible. We discuss the plays on their level, and it introduces them to the Bard's best known lines so that when we hear them in other places, we are reminded of where the phrases come from.
The kids act these out over and over again. They are witty -- they tell the story, they engage the kids, you can add a ton of "extras" to the scenes, random friends can jump in -- this is great for building inside jokes among your kids. And who doesn't love fake-stabbing? (Spoiler -- in one of the melodramas, Brutus has nothing to lose, so he stabs the narrator. Good times!)
I will be getting more form this series -- this is the most fun we've had at dinner for quite a while.
Each play is comically rendered to appeal to children as young as seven. Even Julius Caesar has comic style reflected in the Soothsayer’s line to Caesar after “The ides of March are come”:
“In other words, continue watching your back, buddy!”
Playing with Plays lives up to its name with fun as the focus. Intermittent Shakespeare passages appear from time to time and introduce kids to some new vocabulary and rhythm. An example from Twelfth Night:
“O time, though must untangle this, not I; it is too hard a knot for me to untie!”
If time is limited and you want to spend a little of it romping in an amusing Shakespearean playground, then Playing with Plays might be a good place to start exploring the plays with your kids. “Let the celebrating begin!”
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My 9 year old daughter had such a great time performing this wonderful and hilarious interpretation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. We will definitely be back for more of Mr. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Tara Paulson
We enjoy all these books ! Our homeschoolers with reflect on these for years to comePublished 24 days ago by Whitney
Two moms and four kids (ages 15,12,11 and 8) performed this ten minute play for the dads and grandparents - it was a hit! Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Dana