The Merchant of Venice (Saddleback Classics Series)

The Merchant of Venice (Saddleback Classics Series)

by William Shakespeare, Larry McKeever
     
 

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Timeless Shakespeare-designed for the struggling reader and adapted to retain the integrity of the original play. These classic plays retold will grab a student's attention from the first page. Presented in traditional play script format, each title features simplified language, easy-to-read type, and strict adherence to the tone and integrity of the original.

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Timeless Shakespeare-designed for the struggling reader and adapted to retain the integrity of the original play. These classic plays retold will grab a student's attention from the first page. Presented in traditional play script format, each title features simplified language, easy-to-read type, and strict adherence to the tone and integrity of the original. Each 5-1/4" x 8-1/4" softcover book is 96 pages. The terms of the loan are unusual, to say the least. If Antonio can't repay his debt on time, he will owe the grasping moneylender a pound of flesh! All seems hopeless- until a clever young woman named Portia dares to impersonate a judge at Antonio's trial.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
.Gr 4–6—Two more entries in Barron's series, not to be confused with Eureka's series of the same name. The stories are encapsulated in two-page units of plot and circumstance for easy consumption. Captions explain the events, pictures help to differentiate among the characters, and the volumes are rife with footnotes and explication at the bottom of every page. Breaking the story down into bite-size chunks helps with vocabulary and comprehension, but can wreak havoc with the pacing. Readers are apt to find Merchant overlong, with the narrowly focused chapters giving some of Shakespeare's short, establishing scenes an accidental or unfortunate weight. However, Macdonald strives to maintain as much of the Bard's original language as possible. This effort to represent the original material may be hard going for readers, but it provides an authentic experience that the much looser adaptation of Mohicans can't match. Merchant's artwork focuses on heads and faces, giving each character an opportunity to act out the dialogue, and works quite well, both narratively and educationally.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781562546359
Publisher:
Saddleback Educational Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2011
Series:
Timeless Shakespeare Series
Edition description:
Classics
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 10.14(h) x 1.27(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jay L. Halio is Professor of English, University of Delaware

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