Twelfth Night: For Kids

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Overview


"Who is William Shakespeare?" For more than 20 years, Lois Burdett has asked that question of her elementary school students in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, leading them on a voyage of discovery that brings the Bard to life for boys and girls ages seven and up.


Twelfth Night for Kids, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.

Less traditional is Lois Burdett and Christine ...

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Overview


"Who is William Shakespeare?" For more than 20 years, Lois Burdett has asked that question of her elementary school students in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, leading them on a voyage of discovery that brings the Bard to life for boys and girls ages seven and up.


Twelfth Night for Kids, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.

Less traditional is Lois Burdett and Christine Coburn's Twelfth Night: Shakespeare Can Be Fun!, illustrated with both drawings and letters ("Dear dear Olivia'') by Burdett's second grade students. The text is one lengthy, rhyming synopsis. While including some famous phrases ("If music be the food of love''), this retelling generally makes hash of the original: "Malvolio left them in a stupor./ Sir Toby yelled, 'Party pooper!'''

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Editorial Reviews

Federation of Women Teachers' Association of Ontario
An innovative method of teaching a variety of language skills, while introducing classical literature.
Ray Doiron
This book is a testimony to the ability of young students to enjoy Shakespeare and to produce high-quality writing themselves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613511926
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Product dimensions: 7.88 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author


Lois Burdett's success in introducing Shakespeare to children is reflected in her growing international reputation. Her books and workshops for teachers have captured the attention and imagination of parents, educators, and lovers of Shakespeare around the world, including the American National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. 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.


Christine Coburn is originally from the United Kingdom. She emigrated to Canada and eventually moved to Stratford, Ontario. She is the mother of four children, all were students of Hamlet Elementary School.

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Then Malvolio entered, his face aghast.

"I've come from Olivia, so out of my way!

Just listen to what she has to say.

Olivia's had enough of this noise

Now put away your silly toys."

Malvolio left them in a stupor.

Sir Toby yelled, "Party pooper!"

Maria agreed, "The guy's a jerk!

I have a plan for him that will work.

We'll make a love note written in code.

When he figures it out he will explode!

It will be from Olivia, and it will say

That she loves Malvolio more each day.

We'll meet tomorrow to do the trick.

She'll think he is a lunatic.

I can't wait," Maria said

"But now it's late. I'm going to bed."

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