Romeo and Juliet for Kids

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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.

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

An edition of Shakespeare's tragedy, including discussion of its plot, characters, ...

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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.

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

An edition of Shakespeare's tragedy, including discussion of its plot, characters, themes, language, production, and author.

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Editorial Reviews

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
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Skillfully read by Claire Higgins, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet will hold listeners spellbound as they become involved in the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues and in Romeo and Juliet's plight of love. Higgins' reading is very natural, and her voice is exceedingly pleasant to listen to. The cassette includes a plot summary, an introduction to Shakespeare by Leon Garfield, as well as supplementary information about Shakespeare and his writings by Dr. Rex Gibson, all read by Simon Russell Beale. This additional information is very worthwhile and will increase the listener's understanding of Shakespeare and why he continues to be important in literature. Peter Hutchins arranged the period background music. The technical qualities are excellent, and the teaching objectives are met. This program is appropriate for individual or group listening, and the additional information will provide an excellent springboard for discussion. A superior acquisition for both public and school libraries with audio collections.-Kathy Dummer, Newcastle Middle School, WY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552092293
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Series: Shakespeare Can Be Fun! Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 204,198
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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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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!"

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Romeo and Juliet 1
Notes 91
Glossary 95
About the Introducer 103
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    wish I had this when I was in school

    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 ...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2010

    Great Book

    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.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Great Classroom Book

    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.

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