Romeo and Juliet for Kids
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Romeo and Juliet for Kids

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by Lois Burdett, William Shakespeare
     
 

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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.

Romeo and Juliet for Kids, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as

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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.

Romeo and Juliet for Kids, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.

Editorial Reviews

Library Media Connection - Cathlyn Thomas
Highly recommended. Contains quotes as well as classroom activities.
Library Talk
Keep[s] intact the essence of Shakespeare while telling an exciting story that will keep kids' attention.... Highly recommended.
— Carol Burbridge
American Alliance for Theatre and Education
Gets inside the nature and motivations of these adult play characters some might think too remote from children's lives.
— John Warren Stewig
Library Talk - Carol Burbridge
Keep[s] intact the essence of Shakespeare while telling an exciting story that will keep kids' attention.... Highly recommended.
American Alliance for Theatre and Education - John Warren Stewig
Gets inside the nature and motivations of these adult play characters some might think too remote from children's lives.
Carol Burbridge
Keep[s] intact the essence of Shakespeare while telling an exciting story that will keep kids' attention.... Highly recommended.
John Warren Stewig
Gets inside the nature and motivations of these adult play characters some might think too remote from children's lives. —Winter 2000
School Library Journal
Gr 5-12-- These three plays have been skillfully abridged by Garfield. His method is to retain Shakespeare's own language but to trim and cut either by giving only the early lines of longer passages, by editing scenes that involve secondary characters, or by cutting some scenes altogether. Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream stand up well. All of the well-known lines and most of the poetry have been saved. Romeo and Juliet is more truncated, but even here not only the basic plot but also the sense of urgency of the two young people's love has been preserved. Unlike the prose retellings of the stories by Charles and Mary Lamb, Marchette Chute, and Bernard Miles, these are shortened versions of the plays themselves, complete with stage directions and waiting to be performed. Fortunate the students whose teachers are willing to become producers. Based on ``The Animated Tales as seen on HBO,'' there are lots of watercolor cartoon sketches throughout, which adds to the appeal for children. Each book begins with a short piece about the theatre in Shakespeare's time, about William Shakespeare, and about the play itself. Companion videos are available (Random House). --Ann Stell, Central Islip Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552092293
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Series:
Shakespeare Can Be Fun! Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
139,990
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Read an Excerpt

Old Capulet greeted them in the great hall,
"Welcome, my friends, one and all!
Join the party!" he said with a grin,
"Come musicians, let the mirth begin."
In a matter of moments the room was aglow,
The ladies and gentlemen danced to and fro.
But Romeo stood by himself at the side
Until, in an instant, his eyes opened wide.
He gazed on a vision he'd never forget.
Across the room was the fair Juliet.
Now Rosaline's beauty lost its glow,
"What lady's that?" asked Romeo.
"Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright,
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night!"

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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Romeo and Juliet for Kids 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 4 yr old daughter, and she fell in love with it. every night she would read me 2-5 pages .she loved the illustations, and the letters with the childrens hand writen notes/letters.. She Loved the book so much, that we went out and got all the other shakesapare for kids book.. Now when she is playing school with her little sister she runs and gets Romeo and Juliet book or the twelve night and reads it to her 2 yr old sister..( soo cute0 These books are very easy for the kids to comprehend, and makes it fun ...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Borrowed this book from our library, it was great. My kids ages 7 and 10 were riveted. They definitely understood the story, wish this was available when I studied it in high school, then maybe I could have understood it better.
MiddleSchoolTeacher More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable and fast-paced. Students understand the story line and are entertained with the lyrical language. There are many direct quotes from the original Shakespeare that students won't miss. Perfect for upper elementary through middle school.