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Romeo and Juliet for kids

Shakespeare can be fun!

Romeo and Juliet

Reader's theatre
Title:
Romeo and Juliet for kids
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Publisher Info:
Buffalo, NY : Firefly Books, c1998.
Physical Description:
64 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
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Shakespeare can be fun!

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Summary

Summary

"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.

Romeo and Juliet for Kids , written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.


Author Notes

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.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-Once again, Burdett has produced a jaunty version of a Shakespeare work that grew from an intensive project with her elementary school students. The central text, composed of labored, uneven couplets, is the least appealing part of the book. Naive drawings, done by the students, are colored with clear, bright markers. Lively written additions from the second and third graders, such as Juliet's diary entries or reports from Verona citizens in response to the feud, show how well immersion in the play can lead to a good understanding by younger children. While readers elsewhere might enjoy a look at their contemporaries' drawings, it seems unlikely that they would derive even a fraction of the understanding of the play and its importance that Burdett's students got from the project. It wouldn't hurt, though, for teachers seeking inspiration to take a look at what can be achieved with enthusiasm and a strong belief in your source.-Sally Margolis, Barton Public Library, VT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Old Capulet greeted them in the great hall, "Welcome, my friends, one and all! Join the party!" he said with a grin, "Come musicians, let the mirth begin." In a matter of moments the room was aglow, The ladies and gentlemen danced to and fro. But Romeo stood by himself at the side Until, in an instant, his eyes opened wide. He gazed on a vision he'd never forget. Across the room was the fair Juliet. Now Rosaline's beauty lost its glow, "What lady's that?" asked Romeo. "Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright, For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night!" Excerpted from Romeo and Juliet for Kids by Lois Burdett All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.