The Play's the Thing: A Story about William Shakespeare

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The year was 1569 and the place was Stratford-on-Avon, just ninety miles from London. A little boy watched a company of traveling actors perform on a makeshift stage. No one could have known that the child, whose name was William Shakespeare, would one day become the most famous playwright in history. This is the story of the man who wrote Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and many other plays that have been performed and enjoyed again and again for more than four hundred ...
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Overview

The year was 1569 and the place was Stratford-on-Avon, just ninety miles from London. A little boy watched a company of traveling actors perform on a makeshift stage. No one could have known that the child, whose name was William Shakespeare, would one day become the most famous playwright in history. This is the story of the man who wrote Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and many other plays that have been performed and enjoyed again and again for more than four hundred years. Anticipated month of publication.

Traces the life of the famous English writer, from his childhood and schooling in Stratford-on-Avon, through his successful career as actor and playwright in London, to his death in 1616.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Chaplin's finest films-his Mutual period of The Immigrant and One A.M.-are fantastic dances to grace and light with just a touch of the sentiment that would weigh down his later features. Both this grace and this sentiment are part and parcel of his childhood in late Victorian London. Turk's biography explains these roots in the Chaplin family's theatrical background, his mother's mental illness, his years of poverty before making a name for himself on first the London comedy stage, and then with Mack Sennett in Hollywood. The marriages, the exile, the later honors are irrelevant to what Chaplin achieved in his best work. Turk lays out his life carefully in terms middle readers can understand. What's missing is the work itself. What a pity a DVD of these films couldn't be attached so kids could see!
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5--In an introductory note, the author explains that there are only a few documents containing the known facts of Shakespeare's life and that these facts must be separated from the fictions that have grown up about him. Unfortunately, she then proceeds not only to perpetuate certain fictions but also to create new ones. She muddies the waters further by stating that his birth date is April 24 rather than the traditionally observed date, April 23. This sort of sloppy work and sloppy editing is unforgivable in a biography for young readers. The short format (7 chapters in 39 pages) and friendly, if undistinguished, charcoal illustrations will attract younger children and may seem just the thing for reluctant readers. However, youngsters will be better served by Diane Stanley's Bard of Avon (Morrow, 1992), in which outstanding illustration and known fact support a lively history.--Sally Margolis, Barton Public Library, VT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575058573
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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