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Macbeth for Kids [Paperback]

Lois Burdett
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Sept. 1 1996 Shakespeare Can Be Fun!

"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.

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

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Burdett's couplets are immediate, colloquial, and accessible even to the very young. (Philippa Shephard Quill and Quire 1996-06-01)

As education and entertainment, this is triumphant. (Globe and Mail)

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Shakespeare Can Be Fun!

Most students will be exposed to the works of Shakespeare, typically in high school. The language and content of the plays is seen as too difficult for younger children but primary children are underestimated as to what they can accomplish given the challenge. The study of Shakespeare has become an integral part of my grade two program at Hamlet School, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

When I first moved to Stratford, I had no intention of teaching Shakespeare to 7 and 8 year olds. Stratford is a beautiful city noted for its Shakespearean theatre and I was interested that the schools were all named after Shakespearean characters. I asked my class, "Who is William Shakespeare?" and "Why is our school called Hamlet?" Their answers were surprising. One thought he was a famous boxer. Another believed he was the President of Canada. A third student responded, "I don't know who William Shakespeare is. I don't know any of the big kids." It was the children's enthusiasm and excitement on making the connection between an historical figure and the name of their school, which led me to continue. Thirty years later I can't imagine teaching anywhere in the world and not introducing Shakespeare. The study provided tremendous growth, particularly in the area of language and communication and evolved into a learning experience of a lifetime. I have endeavored in my books and workshops for teachers to share the excitement of exploring with children, the timeless emotions and ideas of Shakespeare.

The comments of two of my children, written at various times in their daily journals show the lasting impression Shakespeare has had on them.

"Shakespeare is like a big piece of chocolate cake. Once you've started you wish you could go on and on forever, in a non-stopping dream." (Anika, age 7)

"William's incredible words are like a velvet silk coat that rap around his pure thoughts. His pen writes on like all colors of the wind." (Sean, age 7)

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5.0 out of 5 stars My kids love these books! March 18 2003
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I have 2 sons, ages 9 and 11, and they both love Lois Burdett's Shakespeare books! These books make the story lines accessible while providing the flavor of Shakespeare through the wonderful rhyming couplets. I first used one of these books to "preview" the story of MacBeth to my younger son, who was going to be in a children's musical production of the story. He loved the book and often asks me to reread it to him, and we have since acquired several other of the Burdett titles. My sons also enjoy the whimsical illustrations and sidebars done by the children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Shakespeare Nov. 21 2000
I am a third grade teacher on Long Island. Last year I introduced three of Willaim Shakespeare's plays into our classroom. My children loved Macbeth. We studied Macbeth, The Tempest and Hamlet. The way Mrs. Burdett wrote in rhyming couplets really made the reading enjoyable! I plan on using her books throughout my teaching career. Thank you Lois Burdett! Shakespeare can be fun thanks to you.
-Michael Hynes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Macbeth For Kids: Shakespeare Can Be Fun July 18 2000
What a wonderful way to introduce Shakespeare to children! I used this book as a third grade teacher to teach inner city kids about Macbeth. It was amazing to hear the students discussing all of the characters and their actions. They were proud of themselves for learning about Shakespeare "like high school kids." If you make it fun, they will have fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Synopsis of Shakespeare Anywhere! Nov. 29 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I always buy these books for my kids when they are studying a particular Shakespearean play. It allows them, in a few short pages, to read, in understandable language, all about the book. They understand the plot, the themes, the characters, and can make connections about the story. THEN they read the actual play, in olde English, and iambic pentameter, and see the details in the writing. Lots is explained in their classes, but Lois Burdett's series is irreplaceable as a first resort to de-mystifying Shakespeare.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good Nov. 16 2013
Format:Library Binding|Verified Purchase
It's an in depth and accurate kid's version of Macbeth. I think it is too long to hold a young child's attention. I love that she uses her student's art work for the illustrations.
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