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Title:
Tales from Shakespeare
Author:
Packer, Tina, 1938-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
192 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
A collection of prose retellings of ten familiar Shakespeare plays, each illustrated by a well-known artist or artists.
Language:
English
Contents:
A midsummer night's dream / illustrated by Gail de Marcken -- Hamlet / illustrated by P.J. Lynch -- Much ado about nothing / illustrated by Mary GrandPrʹe -- King Lear / illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon -- As you like it / illustrated by Barbara McClintock -- The Tempest / illustrated by Mark Teague -- Othello / illustrated by Kadir Nelson -- Romeo and Juliet / illustrated by Davdid Shannon -- Twelfth night / illustrated by Chesley McLaren.
Reading Level:
770 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 5.0 77927.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.4 11 Quiz: 38147 Guided reading level: Z.
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ISBN:
9780439321075
Format :
Book

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Summary

A collection of prose retellings of ten familiar Shakespeare plays, each illustrated by a well-known artist or artists."


Author Notes

David Shannon is the author and illustrator of many highly praised books for children - such as Too Many Toys, Alice the Fairy, No, David!, and David Goes to School. Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from the Art centre College of Design in Pasadena, California, with a fine arts degree, and then moved to New York City. His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone, and his artwork has appeared on numerous book jackets. Shannon is a passionate baseball fan and softball player. He and his wife now live in Los Angeles.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. One of the most beautifully produced modern editions of tales from Shakespeare, this large-format volume featuring prose retellings of 10 of Shakespeare's plays will serve as a good introduction for young people planning to attend performances. Packer, the artistic director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, has directed many productions, including those of all the tales retold here. Her introduction provides background information on Elizabethan England and its theater as well as Shakespeare's life, writing, and contributions to the language. The stories are simplified, quite readable, and convey enough plot, characterization, and dialogue to give readers a basic sense of each play. The memorable full-page illustrations within include David Shannon's striking painting of Romeo anduliet,adir Nelson's stark portrait of Othello, Mary GrandPre's lyrical dance scene from Much 0 Ado about Nothing, Gail de Marcken's magically lit study from A Midsummer Night's Dream0 , Barry Moser's penetrating portrayal of Macbeth, and Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon's dramatic interpretation of Cordelia in ing Lear.0 Handsomely crafted in every detail. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Mix the intricacies of Shakespeare's plots and his poetic language with illustrations by award-winning artists and the result is a treasure trove of well-told tales. In these adaptations, Packer captures the essence of the playwright's words and ideas, placing them in concise and clearly told stories. A nine-page introductory essay presents basic biographical facts. The tales-five each of the Bard's best-known comedies and tragedies-begin with a short introduction to explain the basic thesis of the play, followed by a list of "Main Players," and a skillful 13- to 15-page prose retelling. The narrative consists mostly of short, declarative sentences that cut right to the heart of the plot, but the interweaving of numerous pertinent lines of dialogue helps to keep the poetic flavor of the original. Each retelling is accompanied by a full-page opening illustration, and a small detailed painting highlights the conclusion. The styles vary from Barry Moser's foreboding black-and-white scratchboard portrait of Macbeth to Barbara McClintock's detailed view of the Forest of Arden to P. J. Lynch's impressionistic watercolor rendering of the ghost of King Hamlet. The quality is always excellent. Each illustrator sets the appropriate tone for and conveys the mood of the tale, and the breadth of artistic interpretations gives the book appeal to a wide audience. These versions are fuller and the choice of vocabulary more suited to American audiences than that found in E. Nesbit's The Best of Shakespeare (Oxford, 1999). This handsome volume will provide youngsters with a clear understanding of the basis of the plays before they approach the original scripts.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 4
A Midsummer Night's Dreamp. 14
Hamletp. 30
Much Ado About Nothingp. 48
Macbethp. 66
The Tempestp. 84
Othellop. 102
As You Like Itp. 120
Romeo and Julietp. 138
Twelfth Nightp. 154
King Learp. 174