Children's Literature - Jan LiebermanGive kids a script and watch them act. Shepard provides 22 scripts for readers theatre. Shepard's talent as a storyteller shines out in his adaptations of these scripts from children's books. The majority of scripts are best suited for grades 5-9, but there are a few for younger readers like Gag's Millions of Cat; selections from Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School: Sid Fleischman's McBroom's Fourth of July; as well as dramatic selections from Piers Anthony's On a Pale Horse; Beagle's The Last Unicorn; and a delightfully funny rendition of "Westwood" from Farjeon's The Little Book-room.
BooknewsA collection of 22 plays adapted from folk tales, short stories, myths, and novels, suitable to be performed by middle and junior- high school students in reader's theaters. Such theaters, with the students merely gathering around reading their parts, is part of a growing movement toward literature-based curricula. Most of the scripts take less than 10 minutes to perform. An appendix outlines the process of turning a story into a script. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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