The Shakespeare Plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Edition 1

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Overview

One of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream brilliantly confronts the power of infatuation and romantic desire.

A simplified prose retelling of Shakespeare's play about the strange events that take place in a forest inhabited by fairies who magically transform the romantic fate of two young couples.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Coville follows up his version of The Tempest (see p. 84) with a retelling of another of Shakespeare's most popular plays. The fundamental story of magic, mischief and the trials and tribulations of love is preserved through well-chosen use of the original language and Coville's heady prose ("The queen... saw the ass-headed monstrosity through magic-drenched eyes"). Major plot lines are clearly and concisely rendered, but it is the portrayal of the various levels of humor-from Bottom's buffoonery to Puck's gleeful magic-making-that really captures the essence of the play. Nolan's (Dinosaur Dream) sumptuous, painterly watercolors highlight the theatrical setting of the spellbound wood. Gnarled, mossy trees provide the backdrop for a cast of unusually youthful lovers, gossamer-winged fairies (which nod at Rackham's famous interpretations) and a truly puckish Puck. A first-rate entre to the Bard. Ages 7-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Armin A. Brott
Well, it's about time! For hundreds of years kids have read myths and fairy tales, but they've missed some of the best stories out there-Shakespeare. Well, no longer. John Escott deftly adapts one of the Bard's more complicated plays of confusion, mistaken identity, and love. And Eric Kincaid brings it to life with sprightly, engaging drawings-especially those of Bottom, the man with the donkey's head. Hopefully, this is but the first in a long series.
Children's Literature - Sheree Van Vreede
Who says Shakespeare isn't for kids? Certainly not this author/teacher and her second and third grade students. This book is part of a series by Lois Brudett called "Shakespeare Can Be Fun." The story is told through rhyme and the students' illustrations. Shakespeare is presented in a manner that is understandable to children without lessening the quality of the work. Perhaps the best part of the book is how it displays the students' interpretations. We see it through their eyes.
Children's Literature - Eileen Hanning
Midsummer Night's Dream is Bruce Coville's second retold Shakespeare tale. He handles the complexities skillfully. Illustrations by Nolan are a wonderful mix of detailed realism, powerful human emotions, and playful magic. Pictures give a sense of Nolan romping through his illustrations, whether he's capturing the impishness of Puck, foolishness of Bottom, or conflict of the lovers. Kindly, he gives character portraits on the end papers and we definitely used them in untangling the threads of the maze-like story.
Library Journal
One in a series of new editions of Shakespeare's plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream is suitable for use in high schools and compares very favorably with other editions currently available. The text is clear, and notes on the facing page make for easy reference. The edition includes an introduction to the play and to Shakespeare and a brief but useful note on Shakespeare's language and on the Globe theater. At the back are act-by-act study questions, writing assignments, and suggestions for other creative activities.-Bryan Aubrey, Fairfield, Ia.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3An adaptation of the play retold in rhyming couplets. The greatest strength of the presentation is in the contributions of Burdett's elementary-age students. The obviously neatened-up drawings of the characters in various scenes are done in brightly colored markers on white backgrounds and retain many stylistic traits unique to young creators. So, too, do the diary entries of the characters, letters between them, and other documents supplied by the youngsters and reproduced (complete with their creative spelling) on most pages. The charm of this precocious output will appeal more to adults than to children. The verse (the actual story of the play) does manage to scan throughout without noticeable forcing, but is rather heavy-handed. The most graceful phrases are the few that are direct quotes from the play. Unfortunately, nothing in this book distinguishes Burdett's words from the Bard's. This book is one of the end results of an extensive learning project that includes a performance by the children. Unfortunately, the active experience of all this creation is only hinted at on the page.Sally Margolis, formerly at Deerfield Public Library, IL
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-William Shakespeare wrote his plays to be performed, and today's students and readers of them are in for an enjoyable listening experience with this unabridged and fully dramatized version of one of his most popular romantic comedies. With its diversified combination of plot materials including classical Greek mythology, fairy lore, love story and the amateur Elizabethan play within this play, A Midsummer Night's Dream can be a difficult play to follow and understand. However, many of he cast members here are accomplished Shakespearean actors, and they skillfully deliver the bard's poetic and masterful language. Locating specific scenes and dialogue from the play is simple with these CDs, as they are identified in an accompanying booklet by the numbered tracks. Listeners will be delighted to easily follow the various enchanted lovers, comic actors, ad fairy characters through the moral and mystical worlds of the play. Beginning and concluding this production and providing musical interludes between scenes is the Scholars Baroque Ensemble, performing historical music from Purcell's "The Fairy Queen." An excellent audio addition to Shakespeare collections.-Marilyn Higgins, Metuchen High School, NJ
Booknews
In a series documenting the responses to Shakespeare's plays by critics, editors, and general readers in the period from the late 1700s to 1920<-->a period which saw the founding of Shakespeare societies and journals and constant reprints of the plays, this volume spotlights what has reigned as one of the bard's most popular comedies. The 85 entries span Irish playwright-actress Elizabeth Griffith's 1775 discourse on the themes of morality and human sympathy in the play, to Italian critic Croce's 1920 essay on this "comedy of love." Other notables expounding on every aspect of the play include Ruskin, Swinburne, Shaw, and Beerbohm. Indexed by references to , references to the other plays, and by general subject. Distributed in the US by Transaction Publishers. An illustration would have been welcome. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Kirkus Reviews
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream ( PLB Oct. 1996; 48 pp.; 0-8037-1784-6; PLB 0-8037-1785-7): Coville (Fortune's Journey, 1995, etc.) gracefully retells this famous comedy, retaining just enough of Shakespeare's language to lend a sense of the world of the play without overwhelming picture- book readers. Nolan conjures a magical world of Mediterranean-blue skies and gloomy enchanted forests, helpfully including endpaper portraits of the cast of characters. As an introduction to the real thing, this may be useful to older readers who want to have the plot and characters in mind before they enter Shakespeare's realm.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780844257419
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Table of Contents

About the Series
About this Volume
List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream 11
Pt. 2 Contextual Readings 87
1 Popular Festivals and Court Celebrations 89
The Rites of May 91
The Ballad 110
Court Entertainments 117
2 The Making of Men 149
The Ranks of Men: William Harrison's Of Degrees of People 151
The Formation of the Ruler: Plutarch's Life of Theseus 156
The Formation of the Gentleman: Sir Thomas Elyot and Roger Ascham 166
Working Men 179
The New Man: Simon Forman's Dreams 188
3 Female Attachments and Family Ties 192
Amazons 194
Gossips 217
Nuns 221
The Virgin Queen 231
A Poet and Her Patron 238
Family Ties 245
4 Natural and Supernatural 265
Bad Weather and Dearth 267
Metamorphosis and Monstrosity 275
Bestiality and Monstrosity 295
Monsters and Prodigies 300
Fairy Belief 307
Bibliography 325
Index 338
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2004

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Regal nobility, mischievous fairies, mortals in love - where else can you find a more tantalizing cast of characters? Shakespeare, of course! A Midsummer Night¿s Dream, a story written to enchant your imagination, is full of unexpected twists. At the beginning, you are introduced to six soap-opera style Athenians caught in the game of love. The reader is lead to assume that this is a historical-fiction love story. But later on, the lovers meet fairies and sprites, and a story unlike any other reveals itself. Magic potions and antidotes, transfigured human heads, and fairies and humans in love unfold in this plot of anxiety, turmoil, love, friendship, and chivalry. I really enjoyed this book. Shakspeare does a great job of weaving unimaginable twists into a seemingly predictable story of love.

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Do not bother

    I downloaded this good thing it was free it was not even relatively close to the real thing do not waste your time with this crap. It is only 31 pages.

    12 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Typos everywhere

    Hard to read because of typos

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Okay

    I had to read this for class and I was one of a few that gog it on a e book. You shouldnt get it for a project or something important. Youd seriously need the actual book to be able to follow the story and the page numbers. It only has half of the number of pages too. I say its a good book and its by Shakespeare! What do you mean its not a good book? Shakespeare is a well known writer every where. If it wasnt a good book? People in schools wouldnt be doing projects and be learning about it. Over all: many type os, no numbers for each lines, and missing many things. Its a good book but since written in the time of Shakespeare, of course its hard to understand but you learn something new everytime. Id say a very good story line but very poor in format since it leaves out may important details from the original.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Beautiful as always

    My favorite one of his plays! Shakespeare never is a disappoitment!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Sucked!!!

    Random characters appeared all throughout. It really took the magic out of it. Do not bother.

    5 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    What the hey

    Wost spelling mistakes ever!!!!!! AND THE STORY LINE DOES NOT MAKE SENSE AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    This+book+is+really+bad

    4 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Don't bother.

    The formatting was horrible. The text looks likes one big block-- no separation even between speakers. Unreadable.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Wow...

    I've noticed that the people who commented and didn't like it can't even spell. ...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Im a student

    We are reading this book now and its really good the characters are wonderful the plot is astounding and above al its a very good read i reccomend it 100%.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Don't grab it for a class!

    I ordered this for a class in hopes of not having to carry around tons of books, but it didn't have any notes, or line numbers- something that is essential for a Shakespeare play! Good for just reading, but if you need the line numbers, don't go for it.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

    Shatter Got on mah computer to post this, read my post at 'Erin

    Shatter

    Got on mah computer to post this, read my post at 'Erin Hunter' res 1 plz! 

    She yawned

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    OutCast to Fireflame

    She tensed. "He doesn't have to!"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Trickster, Deep, Grizzly

    Grizzly stood up and thought quickly. He bit into a fresh rabbit and skinned it away, leaving aside the pelt of it. He brought over the warm rabbit pelt,"here...." he offered
    <p> DeepThorn licked her wounds and gently cleaned the.
    <p> TricksterGrin wheezed, pain shooting up his cest. His back wound was causing the alignment of his rib cage and hindleg bones to cause horrible pain. He plastered honey ad sealed De<_>athheart's wound, covering ut with webs

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Reveiw

    Mid summers nigts dream is awesome.my favorite charecter is puck. Such humor. Anx it is beautiful.makes me want to cite it and impress my friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Ok

    I mean it doesn't even make sense

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Classic

    Look just because you're not smart enough to get it doesn't mean it is a bad horrible book. You haven't even read it so you can't say you hate it. So shutup.
    This is a classic and you should read it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    gross

    tooo much romance

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Terrible

    This book is a joke i can not follow along donot get ever

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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