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Macbeth for Kids Paperback – Sep 1 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (Sept. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887532799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887532795
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 19.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

Highly recommended. Contains quotes as well as classroom activities. (Cathlyn Thomas Library Media Connection 2015-05-01)

From the Author

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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The pictures drawn and painted by the students and their written interpretations and analysis are facinating, fun and insightful. The retelling by Lois Burdett is so well done. This book is a delight for children and adults.
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By A Customer on March 18 2003
Format: Paperback
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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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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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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