Sleep Perchance to Dream: A Child's Book of Rhymes

Sleep Perchance to Dream: A Child's Book of Rhymes

by William Shakespeare, James Mayhew
     
 
The words of William Shakespeare are complimented by a series of glorious illustrations by British children's book illustrator James Mayew. A large format, sturdy hardcover and timeless verse make this an ideal gift for any child.

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The words of William Shakespeare are complimented by a series of glorious illustrations by British children's book illustrator James Mayew. A large format, sturdy hardcover and timeless verse make this an ideal gift for any child.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This uniquely different and charming book of rhymes is a perfect read-aloud and a clever way to introduce children to the words and wonder of Shakespeare. The verses, taken from a variety of Shakespeare's plays, are presented on over-size pages accompanied by Mayhew's outstanding and inspirational illustrations. These paintings also serve as an aid to interpretation and stretch the reader's imagination beautifully. Verses from As You Like It, Hamlet, A Midsummer's Night Dream and others will enchant young readers. From the first light of morning to sleep and dreams at day's end, readers will experience the beauty of Shakespeare's words at an early age. Highly recommended for any home with a young child. 2001, Scholastic, $16.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer:Sue Reichard
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Using a selection of snippets from Shakespeare's plays, Mayhew depicts a typical day in the life of a bucolic family from a previous century as a mother, her three sweet-faced children, and a young neighbor cavort in the fields, streams, and along the seashore from dawn to dusk. The boy serves conveniently as the "lover" in "a lover and his lass" and one of the pretend swordfighters in a bit of "the seven ages of man" speech. The impressionistic watercolors, in summery blues, greens, cheerful yellows, and muted reds, are a joy to behold. However, the bits of poetry often do not convey the intended meanings and are interpreted literally by the illustrations, rather than metaphorically in the context of the play ("-our little life is rounded with a sleep"). In addition, some of the vocabulary will drift above the heads of the intended audience, making this book most useful for reading by those families already familiar with Shakespeare, who might set the selections in a wider context. While the book is pretty to look at, it is not likely to send anyone off to find the Shakespearean sources.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In a lovely conceit, well presented, Mayhew respins a gentle tale in pictures that tie together a bit of Shakespeare for the very young. The smallest snippets of verse from the plays-the longest at eight lines-range from Hamlet to Cymbeline to The Tempest. But each really does stand as its own small poem, and most, read aloud well, will be quite comprehensible even to the youngest of children. The double-paged, full-bleed illustrations tell the story of a family in an idyllic, rustic setting of some time past: the mother holding a small child near a picnic hamper, two boys and a girl gamboling, flying a kite, chasing paper boats, and accompanied by a loose-limbed dog. The river becomes the sea, a storm comes up, they glimpse a mermaid on a dolphin, and then it is evening. The sheep gather to the sound of the boy's pipe, the stars come out, and mother tucks baby and daughter into bed. And it is all from "methinks I scent / the morning air" of Hamlet to "our little life is / rounded with a sleep" of The Tempest. The images, rich in blues and tender golds, have the misty outlines of imagination and serve the poetry well. (Poetry. 4-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439296557
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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