Shakespeare for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities

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Kids can experience William Shakespeare’s England and get their first taste of the Bard’s sublime craft with this lively biography and activity book. Staging swordplay, learning to juggle, and creating authentic costumes like a flamboyant shirt with slashed sleeves or a lady’s lace-trimmed glove bring the theater arts to life. Making a quill pen and using it to write a story, binding a simple book by hand, creating a fragrant pomander ball and a dish of stewed apples show what daily life was like in Elizabethan ...
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Overview


Kids can experience William Shakespeare’s England and get their first taste of the Bard’s sublime craft with this lively biography and activity book. Staging swordplay, learning to juggle, and creating authentic costumes like a flamboyant shirt with slashed sleeves or a lady’s lace-trimmed glove bring the theater arts to life. Making a quill pen and using it to write a story, binding a simple book by hand, creating a fragrant pomander ball and a dish of stewed apples show what daily life was like in Elizabethan times. Inspired by scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, kids can invent new words, write songs, and devise scathing or comical insults just as he did. Fascinating and accurate historical information and 21 fun activities open a dramatic new world of learning for children ages 8 and up.

Presents the life and works of Shakespeare. Includes activities to introduce Elizabethan times, including making costumes, making and using a quill pen, and binding a book by hand.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Emily Schuster
This book attempts to reconstruct the life of William Shakespeare, drawing on his works, the time in which he lived, and imagination. It also includes 21 activities related to life in Elizabethan times. Although it started with a good idea, the book suffers from being overly ambitious. Both the content and the language are too advanced for the intended audience, and the format makes the book too "young" for anyone who could actually read it. Directions for the activities are often unclear, and the text can get much too flowery and wordy. (One sentence was more than 50 words long!) The book frequently assumes a knowledge base that kids don't have, or else tosses in quick explanations that won't sink in. Activities are sometimes too much for kids to handle (for example, one asks them to write a sonnet!) However, the book does include some neat Elizabethan activities, like directions for making a sweet-smelling pomander ball or cooking an apple treat. The book is well-researched, but it tries to cover too much ground for its audience.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-While there is a competent biography of Shakespeare hidden in these pages, it's a bit hard to find amid the hodgepodge of projects and random sidebars that pop up throughout the text, occasionally unrelated to the subject under discussion. Craft suggestions include a quill pen, pomander balls, and a decorated glove. (Shakespeare's father was a glover, and sometimes the inspiration for a craft is as vague as that.) There are also instructions on how to juggle, fence, or write a sonnet. While much of the material could possibly be used in a student production or Renaissance festival, the book lacks a cohesive purpose. There is not even an index to guide users. The black-and-white illustrations, liberally sprinkled throughout, are primarily reproductions or photographs, which are occasionally grainy and hard to decipher. Clearly an enthusiastic labor of love, this effort is ultimately a disappointment.-Sally Margolis, Barton Public Library, VT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Duke Gifted Letter
...a delightful mixture of biography, history, culture, and creativity...cleverly structured.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556523472
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: For Kids Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,346,879
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author


Colleen Aagesen has taught Shakespeare in the classroom for 15 years. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska. Margie Blumberg is the author of Is There Life after Chocolate? She lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
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