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Tales from Shakespeare: Children's Classics Hardcover – August 17, 1999
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- Publisher : Children's Classics; First Thus edition (August 17, 1999)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0517205742
- ISBN-13 : 978-0517205747
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.49 x 1.1 x 8.51 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,105,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Dennis on August 28, 2020
The book is an older copy but it was in great shape. FLAWLESS. And, most importantly,
it arrived in time for the birthday party.
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Yes, the book might have been originally aimed at children who lived in 1807, but it still can be used today by all ages as a useful overview of 20 of the Bard's plays. As you might expect, the language is a little archaic but it does a good job of giving background on the major characters and their role in the play, whilst more or less keeping the prose as simplistic enough as a fairy tale. It even includes some of the original speech which, when placed in prose context, seems much less cryptic than when first read in play form. If only I'd bought this book when I studied A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest and Hamlet! I will definitely, if I get the chance, recommend it to my classmates.
What else can I say? I good, useful book that should well belong on everyone's bookcases as a point of reference. Well done Mr and Mrs Lamb!
The version I received was a large illustrated hardback version, making it rather more children friendly than the regular paperback. This book is essential because it is a perfect introduction to Shakespeare's plays. The author condenses a selection of the more accessible works into short stories. Intended for kids of the victorian era when it was written, the Dickensian style helps to conjure an authentic style and atmosphere, while retaining the spirit and meaning of the bard's original texts.