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The Tempest for Kids
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The Tempest for Kids

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by Lois Burdett, William Shakespeare
 

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The Tempest is an exciting tale of jealousy and betrayal, magic and romance, repentance and forgiveness, and has all the elements necessary to ignite a young child's imagination and creative energy. By her use of rhyming couplets, Lois Burdett has once again succeeded in transforming Shakespeare's complex verse into a format readily understood by children.

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The Tempest is an exciting tale of jealousy and betrayal, magic and romance, repentance and forgiveness, and has all the elements necessary to ignite a young child's imagination and creative energy. By her use of rhyming couplets, Lois Burdett has once again succeeded in transforming Shakespeare's complex verse into a format readily understood by children.

Children's enthusiasm toward Burdett's adapted Shakespeare is evident in the wonderful drawings and anecdotes created by her Grade 2 and 3 students at Hamlet Elementary School in Stratford, Ontario. Together with the five other books in the successful and beautifully produced Shakespeare Can Be Fun! series, The Tempest will delight teachers, parents and children.

Editorial Reviews

Library Media Connection - Cathlyn Thomas
Highly recommended. Contains quotes as well as classroom activities.
Globe and Mail - Susan Perren
The couplets present Shakespeare in shortened form ... in a highly accessible way.
Vancouver Sun
Many original phrases joyfully intact, in rhyming couplets that retain the exuberant language play of the original.
Susan Perren
The couplets present Shakespeare in shortened form ... in a highly accessible way. —Globe & Mail
Vancouver Sun<
Many original phrases joyfully intact, in rhyming couplets that retain the exuberant language play of the original.
Napra Review
Burdett, an elementary school teacher in Ontario, Canada, has been introducing children to the bard for some 20 years, and their enthusiasm is clearly evident in the drawings and descriptions that illustrate the pages of this rhyming couplet rewrite. Burdett simplifies the wording while carefully preserving the flavor of Elizabethian speech -- and even some of the vocabulary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552093269
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Series:
Shakespeare Can Be Fun! Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
524,199
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Read an Excerpt

"Admired Miranda! You are different from the rest.
So perfect and so peerless. Of all women, you're the best.
The instant I saw you, it was like a tidal wave,
My heart flew to your service, and I became your slave."
"I am your wife," she promised, "if you will marry me."
Ferdinand fell upon his knees, "And I thus humble be."
Now all this while the lovers thought they were alone,
Little did they know they had a chaperon.
Prospero stood watching this tender scene unfold.
To him their love was precious as the finest, rarest gold.
"It is a joyous day! This union must be blessed."
His heart was satisfied, for they both had passed the test.

Meet the Author

Lois Burdett is in great demand throughout North America and Europe for her workshops where she instructs educators how to familiarize young children with Shakespeare. Among other commendations, Lois Burdett has received Encyclopedia Britannica's National Award for Early Childhood Education, Canada's Meritorious Service Medal, the Canadian Teachers' Federation's Hilroy Fellowship, and two writers' awards. Burdett's many speaking engagements have included the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Her books, magazine articles, presentations and media interviews are testimony to her strong influence in the education community, where she has also been instrumental in helping teachers to incorporate Shakespeare into early grade curricula.

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