Who Was William Shakespeare?

Who Was William Shakespeare?

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by Celeste Davidson Mannis
     
 

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The beloved plays of Shakespeare are still produced everywhere, yet the life of the world's most famous playwright remains largely a mystery. Young Will left the town of Stratford to pursue theater in London, where his work eventually thrived and made him a famous and wealthy man. With black-and-white illustrations that include a diagram of the famous Globe theater,

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The beloved plays of Shakespeare are still produced everywhere, yet the life of the world's most famous playwright remains largely a mystery. Young Will left the town of Stratford to pursue theater in London, where his work eventually thrived and made him a famous and wealthy man. With black-and-white illustrations that include a diagram of the famous Globe theater, Celeste Davidson Mannis puts together the pieces of Shakespeare's life and work for young readers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Hundreds of years have passed since William Shakespeare's time. While a great deal of the literature he created remains, a great deal of mystery remains about the man and his life. The goal of this slender text is ambitious: Celeste Davidson Mannis aims to paint a picture of the Bard's life and work that is complete, easy-to-understand, and appropriate for young, elementary school readers. She succeeds beautifully. Controversial topics, such as the mysterious "Dark Lady" mentioned in several of Shakespeare's poems or the choice to put on Richard II at the time of a planned political coup in England, are briefly discussed but not sensationalized or belabored. Although John O'Brien's simple pen-and-ink drawings do not provide a wealth of historical detail, they do add a strong visual interest to this work. This book is an engaging introduction to a subject that students will certainly encounter many times throughout their education—and their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101099780
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Series:
Penguin Who Was...Series
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
380,708
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

A writer, educator and social entrepreneur, Celeste has authored several award winning and best selling children’s books, including One Leaf Rides the Wind (Viking), Julia Morgan Built a Castle (Viking) and Who Was William Shakespeare? (Grosset & Dunlap). She teaches children’s literature for UC Berkeley Extension and creative writing for Join Our Story, an online platform she has created to share the joys of writing with seniors and other underserved populations. Celeste is currently working towards a PhD in Educational Technology at UC Santa Barbara, and writing, writing, writing!

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Who Was William Shakespeare? 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book because it was the greatest man of poetry of all time!!
Anniear More than 1 year ago
buy it, read it. love it!!!,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luv it ! I luv plays so it is perfect !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Lol lol lol
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm scared of the violence in Hamlet!#&6$+%&*;:5&&%%%
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He had issues!