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Winter Song: A Poem by William Shakespeare

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Charming illustrations open the door to the world of William Shakespeare. Icicles hang by the wall, children's noses are red and raw, and Joan is busy in the kitchen stirring the pot. It is winter in Shakespeare's England. Shakespeare wrote a number of songs for his own productions. Among the most charming is "Winter Song," performed at the end of his romantic comedy Lover ...more
Hardcover, 26 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by WordSong
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2.5 stars - Average; so-so

This book was only so-so for me. Almost every line in the poem had it's own two-page spread, which I did not particularly enjoy. It broke up the rhyming rhythm for me in way that I found disconcerting. The illustrations were also not to my tastes, though they worked well for this work.
The introduction alone offers young readers a wonderful introduction to Shakespeare, but the historical accuracy of this book as an artistic rendering of Elizabethan England is also quite beautiful. The text retains its original wording and is not dumbed down at all. There is a glossary in the back, just in case, but the poem is illustrated in such a way that children would easily be able to discern the meaning behind the words.
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more
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