Child's Portrait of Shakespeare
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Child's Portrait of Shakespeare

by Lois Burdett, Firefly Books Black Moss
     
 

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"Who is William Shakespeare?" For more than 20 years, Lois Burdett has asked that question of her elementary school students in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, leading them on a voyage of discovery that brings the Bard to life for boys and girls ages seven and up.

A Child's Portrait of Shakespeare, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class

Overview

"Who is William Shakespeare?" For more than 20 years, Lois Burdett has asked that question of her elementary school students in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, leading them on a voyage of discovery that brings the Bard to life for boys and girls ages seven and up.

A Child's Portrait of Shakespeare, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.

Editorial Reviews

CCL - Ray Doiron
A wonderfully rich example of how young children absorb language and make it their own ... Highly recommended.
Library Talk - Anne Barry
Can easily be used and enjoyed by teachers and students anywhere.
Gisela Jernigan
Combines a lively, often humorous biographical poem ... with even livelier and amusing color drawings. —Children's Literature
Ray Doiron
A wonderfully rich example of how young children absorb language and make it their own ... Highly recommended.
Anne Barry
Can easily be used and enjoyed by teachers and students anywhere.
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
For the past 20 years, Lois Burdett, a second grade teacher in Stratford, Ontario, has tried to introduce her young students to the life, times and some of the works of William Shakespeare. Her success in proving that Shakespeare can be fun is evident in this biography, which combines a lively, often humorous biographical poem, written by Burdett with even livelier and amusing color drawings, and pieces, (often pretend letters and journal entries), produced by the students. Every drawing and written excerpt includes the name and age of it's creator. A foreword, family tree and page of useful learning activities and suggestions is included. This book could inspire other teachers and students, especially those considering projects involving subjects or people usually considered too mature or difficult for younger students to attempt.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3Between the covers of this slim volume is the sort of material parents glow over at back-to-school nights. Burdett refers to the project as her seven-and eight-year-old students' ``unedited work.'' Their lively art portraying Shakespeare and scenes from his life seems to have been polished for publication. But the letters and diary entries that the youngsters have imagined for William and his family, reproduced with all their cuteness and misspellings intact, are appealing for their imaginative precocity and breadth of knowledge. The drawings and writings accompany short, labored verses that give the facts of Shakespeare's life accurately, though the forced rhyme is especially glaring in a book about the Bard. There is a strong sense of a well-meaning adult's heavy hand, and if that hand were involved, why did it not remove the grammatical errors? This book is the result of efforts that were clearly fun and enlightening for the children and serves as a good example for other teachers. But it's questionable whether reading about it will have as much appeal or educational impact as doing it.Sally Margolis, formerly at Deerfield Public Library, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887532610
Publisher:
Black Moss Press
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Series:
Shakespeare Can Be Fun! Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
271,937
Product dimensions:
7.72(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range:
7 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

But an actor and a writer must also have a stage.
The theatres in London town were all the current rage.

Since there was no place to rent William built one of his own;
He cherished this new playhouse; The Globe as it was known.

The Globe was open to the sky, so plays were in the day.
The poor folk stood about the stage; a penny they did pay.

They were labelled "groundlings" and could get quite loud and rude;
If they didn't like the play they saw, they'd even throw their food.

Others paid a good deal more for shelter from the rain.
But on opening day for Shakespeare, no one person did complain.

Meet the Author

Lois Burdett's success in introducing Shakespeare to children is reflected in her growing international reputation. Her books and workshops for teachers have captured the attention and imagination of parents, educators, and lovers of Shakespeare around the world, including the American National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. Among other commendations, Lois Burdett has received Encyclopedia Britannica's National Award for Early Childhood Education, Canada's Meritorious Service Medal, the Canadian Teachers' Federation's Hilroy Fellowship, and two writers' awards. Burdett's many speaking engagements have included the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Her books, magazine articles, presentations and media interviews are testimony to her strong influence in the education community, where she has also been instrumental in helping teachers to incorporate Shakespeare into early grade curricula.

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