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The book serves as an effective portal for early teens to become comfortable with the archaic, Shakespearean language, and the author pulls off a clever ploy by placing all quotes in context...As such, readers should have no problem understanding unfamiliar words and phrases. In the endnotes, all the quotes are identified and cited, making the entire book a useful teaching tool.
About the Author
Michael LoMonico's goal is to change the way that Shakespeare is taught in schools.
He has taught Shakespeare to many eager teachers and to quite a few intimidated students. His experiences have taught him that every student, whatever his or her degree of education, needs to be introduced to Shakespeare's language gently.
Michael is currently the Senior Consultant on National Education for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. His books include The Shakespeare Book of Lists, Shakespeare 101, and That Shakespeare Kid.
He was an assistant to the editor for the curriculum section of all three volumes of the Folger's Shakespeare Set Free series, published by Washington Square Press. He was also the technical editor of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Shakespeare
He has taught Shakespeare courses and workshops for students and teachers in thirty-six states, in Canada and England, and digitally in South Africa and Russia. After teaching high school English for thirty-three years he brought his expertise to future teachers at Stony Brook University.
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The activities LoMonico includes in Peter and Emma’s English class, which can be found on the Folger Shakespeare Library website, provide English teachers with curriculum to help students appreciate and engage in learning Shakespeare.
This would be a great title to use with students when they are studying Shakespeare and anyone interested in this type of literature. I really enjoyed the addndum that listed the quotes and their sources. My favorite part of the book was when Peter was challenged by the students in his class to provide a quote for each topic named. This scene reminded me of the movie Roxanne when Steve Martin provided non-stop puns on the size of his nose.
This book was a quick and most enjoyable read.
Truly, I felt my tension build wondering when, not if, Peter would lose his gift/curse: on the Today show, during the performance at school (which he did with another transformative kiss) and what would the consequence be. They were satisfyingly positive.
For Romeo upon seeing his Juliet and thinking her dead he could only have thought, "il mio cuore mai recuperare."
Events certainly turned out better for Peter and Emma. I guess, All's Well That Ends Well. Mazel Tov, my friend.