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Product details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA); Reprint edition (Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780763623234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763623234
  • ASIN: 0763623237
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.5 x 31.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. bailey on 6 July 2014
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Good seller.Thanks.
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By Mme Dipti on 8 Jun 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
...the amount of packaging for two slim books was unnecessary and with all that packaging the cover was slightly damaged.
However I'm happy with the book, it was what I expected and definitely recommend it as a way for children to learn about Shakespeare's plays.
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Amazon.com: 19 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Introduce your child to Shakespeare! 10 Jan 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My eight-year old daughter and I delighted in reading these seven plays together! Marcia Williams has created a colorful, imaginative, fun way to present these wonderful plays so that the young reader gains an appreciation for Shakespeare's works and an insight into the historical period in which he presented them on stage. Each page contains whimsical illustrations, in strip style, wherein the characters speak lines from the plays, as well as a clearly written storyline. My daughter expecially chuckled over the humorous but often droll comments of scampering Globe audience memberas, framing the text of every page. You'll find Will himself is there, too! The events of the plays are not suger coated, though, so the tragedies do rack up a body count and the reader encounters the famous scenes of poisonings and revenge sought by the sword.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Book 22 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a great book. I love anything by Marcia Williams. The illustrations are great and there are hillarious comments from the audience throughout the book. This is a great book for kids to enjoy and they also get the basic story line of seven of Shakespeare's most poupular plays. But most of all this book is just fun.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fun way to read Shakespeare for both adult and child 31 May 2012
By Joan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Tales from Shakespeare, illustrated by Marcia Williams ISBN 0-7636-0441-0 Hardback

(Beware of Amazon's policy to mix personal reviews and editorial reviews within item description of things with the same title but different editors, publishers, illustrators, binding, and so on. So far I only see the Marcia Williams volume linked here, but this can change.)

This volume includes Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, The Winter's Tale, Julius Ceasar, and The Tempest. Each story is told comic book style in 4 pages. Excerpts of the original language are put with the illustrations. Beneath each illustrated strip is straightforward story telling of what is going on. Around the edges of each page are illustrations representing the audience from Shakespeare's time and theater humerously commenting on the play.

The illustrations are colorful and fun and completely within the spirit of Shakespeare. The reader experiences it as part of the audience of a Shakespeare play. I own multiple Marcia Williams illustrated works and love them so much I'm trying to collect all of them (but beware if you click on Marcia Williams, some of what Amazon lists is not illustrated by her).

The volume does a great job of summarizing each play while introducing the child to the fun language of Shakespeare. There is also the historical cultural element of what the audience would be like.

Highly recommended for introducing the love of Shakespeare to small children. Also recommended for adults who want to be introduced to Shakespeare but don't feel they can handle the full stories.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great book! 29 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really loved this book. It was really funny and I think it is a great book for all ages. The Illustrations were great. I recommend reading all of the books by Marcia Williams. I have only read three, Joseph and the Magnificent Coat of Many Colors, The Amazing story of Noah's ark and this one, but we just ordered the one about Jonah and the whale. Buy it right now! You will love it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great resource 22 May 2012
By dee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My 1st graders and preschoolers loved hearing Shakespeare presented in a way they could understand. I love that the author includes quotes from the play along with simple to understand language. The illustrations are great and bring the story's to life.
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