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The Tempest for Kids (Shakespeare Can Be Fun!)

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The Tempest is an exciting tale of jealousy and betrayal, magic and romance, repentance and forgiveness, and has all the elements necessary to ignite a young child's imagination and creative energy. By her use of rhyming couplets, Lois Burdett has once again succeeded in transforming Shakespeare's complex verse into a format readily understood by children.

Children's enthus
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Firefly Books
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Malea Potter
Jan 27, 2014 Malea Potter rated it liked it
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This is a good way to introduce kids to Shakespeare. I love that the illustrations of done by children and the book also includes parts of the play retold by children which are also very fun. However, I couldn't help wonder if the retold parts are completely in the words of the children or if they have been changed/edited a little bit. I just felt like some of the word choice was too mature or advance for kids of 8-10 years old. All in all though, it was a fun read. (Plus, I actually think it's ...more
Aug 12, 2013 Lorraine rated it really liked it
We read this aloud around the dinner table in preparation for Shakespeare in Clark Park. We had fun reading it, and it seriously enhanced my experience of watching the production. These books are great. We always read them before going to see a Shakespeare play. It really helps the kids take in so much more than if we'd just read a synopsis. (Umm, and I guess that goes for me, too.)
Mar 02, 2015 Kara rated it it was amazing
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As an adult, I love Shakespeare, but I was not a fan when I was a student. I think this is a great way to introduce the tempest along with others in the series. The story is identical to the play, but the pictures and little notes from other students allow it to be more easily relative to the student's lives. Not only do the pictures allow for relativity, but they are quite hilarious as well.
Jan 07, 2011 Charlene rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific series, written in verse with some of the more memorable lines from the original retained but mostly put into language easier for small people to follow. The illustrations are drawn by children and The Tempest included short notes from all the characters, also written by kids. It's a good way to introduce young readers to some classic tales, very fun for all ages.
Charles Perkins
Jan 31, 2014 Charles Perkins rated it it was amazing
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Loved this book. The story of the tempest, but illustrated by children, and explained by children. Any teacher who seeks to expose their students to Shakespeare, must at some time use this book. Two thumbs up!
John Barbour
Jan 25, 2015 John Barbour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Boy! I wish I knew about you and your work and books when I was teaching. Thanks for still inspiring us.
May 09, 2013 Dana rated it really liked it
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My daughter and I loved these books by Lois Burdett when she was younger. What a wonderful introduction to Shakespeare!
Jan 24, 2015 Theresa rated it it was ok
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children's drawings, reports, and letters explaining the plot retold by the author in a more modern langauge for the kids.
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