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Though originally written for children and published in 1807, this book retells twenty of Shakespeare's plays. I will admit a certain ignorance of most of them, though I had a fantastic English teacher in ninth grade who made Julius Caesar come alive for me ("Beware the Ides of March!!"). I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and have found myself drawn to it instead of my chores. I've been taking it with me to work out, too, which says a lot. Each play, written in prose form, is relatively short so it's a good one to pick up off and on. I just finished A Winter's Tale, which is a play I had never even heard of before. I found myself captivated and surprised by the ending!

If you're looking for something that's a classic, but not so cumbersome to read (when you have young children that's important!), I'd recommend this. You could probably find it at any library, but I got mine from (By the way, have you checked that out yet, book lovers? I've mailed over 20 books!).


Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield and Michael Foreman is probably kind of similar to this, if you're looking for more accessibly-told Shakespearean plays. They retain some of the language and have beautiful illustrations!

March 8, 2008 at 9:51 PM  

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