Something Rich and Strange: A Treasury of Shakespeare's Verse

Something Rich and Strange: A Treasury of Shakespeare's Verse

by Gina Pollinger, Emma Chichester Clark

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverly Pegg
The author has selected poems and quotations from Shakespeare's plays for this illustrated anthology. The poems are arranged thematically and each is followed by a footnote indicating which of Shakespeare's works, including act and scene, that it came from so the reader can then go and do further reading if desired. Illustrations are found on every page which makes the book appear as if it is geared toward lower elementary students. This book reveals the beauty of Shakespeare's language to a younger audience through short poems and quotations. Although a noble attempt, many would argue that most younger students are not yet ready to appreciate his language in this way and would-probably be more interested in a simplified version of one of his plays. Pollinger's book could be used later to introduce students to the beauty of his words. While, the introduction states that this is a book for both those who have and those who have not read Shakespeare's works, those who have read his works will find it more enjoyable. Therefore, it is a book for the more serious literature student.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-In this lively presentation, carefully selected quotations are presented quite attractively. Pulled in by the endpapers, readers open to a bright child-friendly pattern of words, pictures, and decoration. There is not one word in the body of the text-including section titles-that is not by Shakespeare. Pollinger has assembled quotes so that youngsters move from the passage of a day to the highlights of a life (childhood, young love, etc.) into such issues as intrigue, war, virtue, and evil. All of the quotations are out of context, but they are carefully documented so that curious readers can easily find them within the play. Clark's gift for vigorous caricature has produced illustrations that evoke the feeling of even the gloomier or more frightening moments without disturbing the overall brightness of the book. Several of the quotations have words at variance with standard text (most likely the result of new scholarship), a bit jarring when a familiar passage such as ``To be or not to be...'' is read. A quick Shakespeare bio, an index to the plays quoted, a first-line index, and a short glossary close the volume. This sampler, fuller but in the spirit of Under the Greenwood Tree (Stemmer House, 1986) is yet another opportunity for a happy nodding acquaintance with the language at its best.-Sally Margolis, formerly at Deerfield Public Library, IL
Hazel Rochman
In a loose thematic arrangement, this large-size, illustrated anthology draws together pieces of Shakespeare's poetry from his plays and sonnets. There's much too much here, and Clark's bright, boisterous pictures, though joyful in themselves, make the clutter even more overwhelming on every page. Pollinger acknowledges in her introduction that the drama and the characters are lost in the quotes from the plays. Yet many of these great passages have entered our language and our culture. Whether it's Portia's speech on mercy or "Macbeth"'s witches' brew or Romeo's love lines or less well known passages, they ring with poetry and touch universal feelings. Teachers and teen browsers will find riches here for reading aloud.

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Edition description:
1st American ed
Product dimensions:
9.35(w) x 10.93(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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