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Romeo and Juliet for Kids [Paperback]

Lois Burdett
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Sept. 1 1998 1552092291 978-1552092293

"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.


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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

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Keep[s] intact the essence of Shakespeare while telling an exciting story that will keep kids' attention.... Highly recommended. (Carol Burbridge Library Talk 1999-05-01)

Gets inside the nature and motivations of these adult play characters some might think too remote from children's lives. (John Warren Stewig American Alliance for Theatre and Education 2000-01-01)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful way to introduce Shakespeare to kids April 23 2001
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Format:Paperback
As a homeschooling parent I was looking for a way to introduce Shakespeare to my kids (9 and 10) -- they have loved these stories -- which we read aloud and then discussed (plot, characters, themes, conflicts, setting, motivations, etc.) -- the verse is enjoyable and effectively incorporates selected passages from the original in a seamless way. My kids have also enjoyed the illustrations and writing samples (all by 2nd-3rd graders) included in each book. After we read R&J, we watched the old Zefferelli film version and my kids got much more out of it. We've also read the Evelyn Nesbit prose versions but they didn't "feel" like Shakespeare the way these do...I have already purchased the exisitng Burdett versions and hope she has others in mind (PLEASE do Merchant of Venice!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful way to introduce Shakespeare to kids April 23 2001
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Format:Paperback
As a homeschooling parent I was looking for a way to introduce Shakespeare to my kids (9 and 10) -- they have loved these stories -- which we read aloud and then discussed (plot, characters, themes, conflicts, setting, motivations, etc.) -- the verse is enjoyable and effectively incorporates selected passages from the original in a seamless way. My kids have also enjoyed the illustrations and writing samples (all by 2nd-3rd graders) included in each book. After we read R&J, we watched the old Zefferelli film version and my kids got much more out of it. We've also read the Evelyn Nesbit prose versions but they didn't "feel" like Shakespeare the way these do...I have already purchased the exisitng Burdett versions and hope she has others in mind (PLEASE do Merchant of Venice!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written Feb. 7 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well written for school age children. My grade two child can read on her own and understand the story of Romeo and Juliet easily. The rhyming is well done and not too cheesy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful way to introduce Shakespeare to kids April 23 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a homeschooling parent I was looking for a way to introduce Shakespeare to my kids (9 and 10) -- they have loved these stories -- which we read aloud and then discussed (plot, characters, themes, conflicts, setting, motivations, etc.) -- the verse is enjoyable and effectively incorporates selected passages from the original in a seamless way. My kids have also enjoyed the illustrations and writing samples (all by 2nd-3rd graders) included in each book. After we read R&J, we watched the old Zefferelli film version and my kids got much more out of it. We've also read the Evelyn Nesbit prose versions but they didn't "feel" like Shakespeare the way these do...I have already purchased the exisitng Burdett versions and hope she has others in mind (PLEASE do Merchant of Venice!).
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful way to introduce Shakespeare to kids April 23 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a homeschooling parent I was looking for a way to introduce Shakespeare to my kids (9 and 10) -- they have loved these stories -- which we read aloud and then discussed (plot, characters, themes, conflicts, setting, motivations, etc.) -- the verse is enjoyable and effectively incorporates selected passages from the original in a seamless way. My kids have also enjoyed the illustrations and writing samples (all by 2nd-3rd graders) included in each book. After we read R&J, we watched the old Zefferelli film version and my kids got much more out of it. We've also read the Evelyn Nesbit prose versions but they didn't "feel" like Shakespeare the way these do...I have already purchased the exisitng Burdett versions and hope she has others in mind (PLEASE do Merchant of Venice!).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Child Can Read Shakespeare!! Aug. 14 2006
By A. Rassler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I used this as an experiment to see if my 10-year-old and her 9-year-old friend could read and understand the storyline of a Shakespearean play. The verdict?? THEY DID!! I asked them to summarize the plot and they did it with total accuracy. What a cool thing!!

I loved this and you will, too!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids loved it! May 20 2009
By D. Underhill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The story is written in rhyme, so even the old english is easy on little ears. I still had to do a little interpretation (my listeners are 6 and 7 years old). The pictures and 'notes' that are drawn and written by kids their age were very engaging and helped them understand the story even without my explanations. I found them reading the book on their own many times and drawing their own versions of Juliet and the Nurse. I will definitely look into the other plays written in this format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Help my 8 year old Nov. 16 2011
By lyh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book and helped my 8 year old son greatly in getting him interested in literature. Was not able to find a book suitable for pre teens.
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