Janet Crane Barley
Tales From Shakespeareby Tina Packer, Leo Dillon, Gail De Marcken
Noted Shakespearian expert, Tina Packer, Director of the premier theatre group, Shakespeare & Co, brings to life all the romance, clashing swords, dastardly plots, and hilarious comedies of 10 of Shakespeare's
Ten of Shakespeare's most powerful, enduring plays are brilliantly retold here as great tales of love, jealousy, madness, comedy, vengeance, and heroics.
Noted Shakespearian expert, Tina Packer, Director of the premier theatre group, Shakespeare & Co, brings to life all the romance, clashing swords, dastardly plots, and hilarious comedies of 10 of Shakespeare's classic plays, retold as exciting, accessible stories and lavishly illustrated by 10 notable children's book illustrators. (See extended summary.)
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I found this book in the library and loved it so much, I bought it for my 5 year old son. He is enchanted. He picks out one of the gorgeous illustrations, and we read the story. Tina Packer has done a wonderful job telling the true stories without being condescending or leaving too much out. There is also Shakespeare's language throughout for seamless learning.
This retelling of ten of Shakespeare¿s plays is a wonder of design. Not only including the magnificent and widely varied art of eleven different acclaimed illustrators, the lay out and design holding the book together is a pleasure to hold, to flip through and to look at. Each of the illustrators give a magnificent full page illustration on the opening spread of each new play and opposite the illustration is the strikingly set title, and a brief summery of the play. The plays are succinctly and knowledgably told, with humor and feeling, and in Tina Packer¿s writing the plays are clear and beautiful to any who read these stories. Even the introduction, (a section easy to skip in most books) is such a wonderful biography and summery of the wonder and greatness of Shakespeare¿s works that the book would be worth owning if it had nothing else between its covers.