Start reading Shakespeare's Stories for Young Readers on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Shakespeare's Stories for Young Readers (Dover Children's Classics) [Kindle Edition]

E. Nesbit
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £5.99
Kindle Price: £2.34 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £3.65 (61%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £2.34  
Paperback £5.34  
Unknown Binding --  

Product Description

Product Description

Twelve of Shakespeare's greatest tales come to life in this entertaining collection of short, lively stories specially adapted for young readers. Capturing the vital events and using some of the original wording, the stories serve as a perfect introduction to Shakespeare for preteens and as literate refreshers for older folks.
Fulfilling a request from her own children, author Edith Nesbit turned twelve of the Bard's most famous plays into delightful tales of kings, queens, ghosts, and witches. Filled with tragedy, humor, and moral lessons, the stories--told with wit and grace--include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cymbeline, The Taming of the Shrew, Pericles, and The Winter's Tale.
Wonderfully transformed by the noted author of children's books, these classics are a great way to start a lifelong interest in the works of Shakespeare.


Youngsters love stories about kings and queens, ghosts and witches. This title features "Romeo and Juliet", "Hamlet", "Macbeth", "Othello", "King Lear", "As You Like", and four other stories.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 665 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (6 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A62YGUM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #405,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

E.Nesbit was born in London in 1858. Her father died when she was four years old and she spent much of her childhood travelling around England, France, Germany, and Spain with her mother and sister Mary in an endeavour to cure Mary of tuberculosis.

Nesbit married Hubert Bland in 1880 and they went on to become two of the founding members of the Fabian Society. She wrote many stories and poems for both children and adults, including the much-loved Five Children and It, The Story of the Treasure Seekers, and The Railway Children. E. Nesbit died in 1924 and is buried in Kent.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4 star
2 star
1 star
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Kids loved their first dip into shakespeare.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars shakespeare stories 26 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
good product and responsive kindle download excellent instructions and good response many thanks for good service and reliable information back again
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
14 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare's stories for young readers 15 Jan. 2008
when I recived this book all the edges were crumbled and some of the books that amazon said would be in here wern't so i'll tell you what there's is:romeo and juliet, hamlet, king lear, as you like it, twelfth night, the merchant of venice, the tempest, a midsummers night dream, cymbeline,the taming of the shrew, pericles and the winters tale. There's 12 books but I was disapointed with the quaity.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.5 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare's Stories for Young Readers 31 Jan. 2011
By Marcie - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
E. Nesbit has written many children's books. The one I'm most familiar with is The Railway Children. I really like that book and it influenced my decision to purchase this book. In the introduction of Shakespeare's Stories for Young Children, E. Nesbit explains her reasons for writing this book. She explains that her children love Shakespeare's story lines but at the time were too young to enjoy the actual play. So she took some of Shakespeare's most famous plays and summarized them, making it easier for children to understand. Shakespeare's influence is found everywhere and I wanted my children to be familiar with his plays. However Shakespeare didn't write for children and I know mine wouldn't understand the language and would be bored in a matter of pages. E. Nesbit did a great job explaining the stories. My children were able to comprehend the stories with little explanation. Each chapter is a different play and about six pages. She also includes direct quotes from the plays. It's the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young children.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Wonderful and Yet Again Wonderful 28 May 2010
By E. Smyth - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As readers can tell from the title of this review, I cannot recommend it enough.

I bought this book for my eight year old who is very interested in Shakespeare but still years away from fully grasping his language. She loves the book and I love reading it aloud to her.

SSfYR is presented in chapter book form without illustrations. Nesbit writes beautifully, always respecting the intelligence of her young audience, as well as the traditions behind subject matter she is conveying. Each tale gets its due, while yet being pared down to a digestible size for pre-adolescents. Her language is rich and lively, and her insights are inserted as charming asides that offer an adult's perspective without vering into didactic or moralistic homilies.

If your pre-teen is bright, sensitive and looking for a good read, this is the book to buy!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare's Stories for Young Readers 31 Dec. 2012
By Wendy Webb - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book has been perfect for my daughter who is learning delayed and has reading issues. Her high school class was reading the real Shakespeare plays, and there was no way she could do that. She has been reading this with her tutor and she has enjoyed it and she is also able to discuss Shakespeare to some degree with her age mates. Such a blessing!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for kids 21 April 2013
By Val - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The stories are watered down for kids, but nothing is added that shouldn't be there. It's a great way to get a child familiarized with the stories so they will be better able to understand what is going on when they do get to the full stories. It's not a vocabulary builder and in case you have objections about some things Romeo & Juliet still kill themselves and people die and get killed in the stories. They did not take away from the stories for the kids. It's very, very summarized. Still it's a good introduction for anyone who want's a quick way to know about the stories. Not all of them are there. I'm a bit disappointed some of my favorites were omitted.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 28 April 2014
By Hamid Nazari - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
At first I was not sure whether my 11-year old son would love the way the stories were presented. To my surprize, he kept asking for more and more once we finished the first one, and he had smiles throughout the reading that I did for him. Now he will be reading them himself as well. Great book!
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category