Shakespeare retold

E. 1858-1924 Nesbit

Book - 2016

This illustrated volume features seven classic plays by William Shakespeare, retold by E. Nesbit. Shakespeare Retold contains a selection of Shakespeare's tragedies and comedies, including Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as a historical timeline, a list of suggested reading materials, and a short biography of the bard himself.

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  • Romeo and Juliet
  • A midsummer night's dream
  • Twelfth night
  • Hamlet
  • Macbeth
  • The tempest
  • Much ado about nothing
  • Biography of William Shakespeare
  • Timeline
  • Recommended reading
  • Making Shakespeare fun for kids.
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2–6—In an attractive arrangement, this volume presents four comedies and three tragedies by William Shakespeare in short story format. The text, by the late British author Nesbit, retells the basic plots of the plays in a gentle, fairy-tale style. Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Hamlet are still full of conflict and death, but the details are softened for the audience. At the beginning of each piece, the cast of characters and the scene are identified, along with a famous quote. The artwork, created with Adobe Photoshop, helps children picture the settings. To provide further context, the text includes a biographical sketch of Shakespeare, a time line of his life and works, and recommended resources that list modern and adapted versions of the plays as well as DVDs and websites. Bruce Coville's picture book retellings of Shakespeare's works have longer texts and more numerous illustrations than this title. VERDICT Libraries that already own Tina Packer's Tales from Shakespeare would find this new volume somewhat redundant. Otherwise, this selection offers an inviting gateway into these classics.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Collects seven prose retellings of William Shakespeare's plays, including "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Tempest."

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A sumptuously illustrated collection of prose retellings of seven Shakespeare plays, scheduled to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the bard's death, includes accessible adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet. Simultaneous eBook. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"A collection of seven of E. Nesbit's prose retellings of Shakespeare plays for children, illustrated"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A beautifully illustrated collection of prose retellings of seven Shakespeare plays will bring the Bard to life for young readers. Not only is this a beautiful keepsake edition, full of gorgeous illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo, but the prose retellings by beloved classic children’s book author E. Nesbit are an excellent tool to introduce children to the complex language of Shakespeare.A foreword by John Lithgow touches on his own childhood as a Shakespearean actor and the importance of Shakespeare. The book contains extensive support materials, including a biography, a timeline of Shakespeare’s life, and further recommended readings.In this volume, you will find:Romeo and JulietA Midsummer Night’s DreamTwelfth NightHamletMacbethThe TempestMuch Ado About Nothing

Review by Publisher Summary 5

A beautifully illustrated collection of prose retellings of seven Shakespeare plays will bring the Bard to life for young readers. Not only is this a beautiful keepsake edition, full of gorgeous illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo, but the prose retellings by beloved classic children's book author E. Nesbit are an excellent tool to introduce children to the complex language of Shakespeare.A foreword by John Lithgow touches on his own childhood as a Shakespearean actor and the importance of Shakespeare. The book contains extensive support materials, including a biography, a timeline of Shakespeare's life, and further recommended readings.In this volume, you will find:Romeo and JulietA Midsummer Night's DreamTwelfth NightHamletMacbethThe TempestMuch Ado About Nothing