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This is the best book ever written, bar none. Okay, it's a children's book, but it's the most engaging, endearing book I have ever read. I read it at 8, 15, 21, 25, and 30 and love it more and in a new way each time. It is a great intro to Shakespeare for kids, and a wonderful way to to remind your adult self why you learned to love books. I think it's out of print, but you can find it on abebooks.com or half.com - it is entirely worth it.
George Selden (1929-1989) was the author of The Cricket in Times Square, winner of the 1961 Newbery Honor and a timeless children's classic. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Selden received his B.A. from Yale, where he was a member of the Elizabethan Club and contributed to the literary magazine. He spent three summer sessions at Columbia University and, after college, studied for a year in Rome on...moreMore about George Selden...