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Shakespeare: His Work and His World

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
"Rosen makes the life and work of Shakespeare vibrant and exciting in
this perfectly splendid biography. . . . Beautiful and engaging." — KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

"In exceptionally fresh and vivid terms, the author plies readers with abundant, accurate information on the playwright, his theater, and the plays, looking closely at A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, ROMEO AND
Paperback, 96 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by Candlewick Press (first published October 15th 2001)
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Nov 11, 2008 Frogs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved, loved, loved this book, front to back, top to bottom, inside to outside, backward and forward and even sideways. But then again, I love any book set in this time period. I wish I owned this book.
This is a great biography for middle school students. It has an extensive bibliography and it's well laid out for students. This book would be a great introduction to Shakespeare before reading his works.
Victoria Moore
In the early 1980's, when I was attending San Francisco State University as a Psychology major, I was required to take Acting. Besides being the only African-American student in the class I was also the only non-actor, so I knew I had my work cut out for me, especially when it came to doing a scene from one of Shakespeare's plays. He was so intimidating to me I gave him a nickname, "Bobo Shay", and tried to further humanize him by making jokes about his writing and style. After stumbling throug ...more
Stephen Snyder
"Shakesspear: His Work & His World" is such a wonderful way to introduce young adults to William Shakespeare. Michael Rosen's narrative writng coupled with Robert Ingpen's timeless illustrations beautifully blend together forming a mighty tapestry giving young people a much deeper understanding and, yes, a deepr appreciation of the literary giant known as William Shakespeare. By reading this book, young adults will come to understand the times in which Shakespeare lived and how it influenced ...more
This is an illustrated biography of William Shakespeare for a young audience.

The artwork, by Robert Ingpen, is striking and wonderful. Each illustration, especially the two page spreads place emphasis on not only the works of the famous playwright, but on the dark and tumultous times in which he lived.

Michael Rosen paints a picture of a maddening sixteenth century world, filled with fear and wonder, yet he clearly highlights the amazing accomplishments of said time period.

One of my favorite par
Dec 02, 2007 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This authentic biography doubles as a history book. Rosen precedes documentation of Shakespeare’s life and works with a description of the social, political, and religious world of England in the mid 1500’s. Throughout, the beautiful illustrations by Hans Christian Andersen medal winner Robert Ingpen complete the narrative. The straightforward text with definitions of unusual words helps young readers gain a beginning appreciation of the art of the world’s most famous playwright. Students wishin ...more
Kim Barth
This non-fiction book explains the life, historical context, and many works of William Shakespeare. The text is straightforward and would be accessible for middle to upper-grade readers (grades 4 and up). The book includes beautiful illustrations, and some of the text is "illuminated" as in an early manuscript from the time of Shakespeare. The book would work very well as part of a unit about Shakespeare for the elementary grades.
A fun exploration of how Shakespeare's time period affected his writing -- clearly written from a historicist's point of view. Nothing wrong with that, but it's important to keep in mind that this cause and effect suggestion is only part of the picture. An engaging and informative book. I loved the illustrations -- often fun little conglomerations of several scenes from different plays.
Apr 05, 2009 nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mlis, 2009
required materials for ya read. a nice start to a guided inquiry lesson, but i feel it might be too young for bulk of ya readers (although allow for it to be considered such considering those kids might not like shakespeare as much as i did at that age).
Mar 10, 2016 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this aloud to the kids, and we all enjoyed it. This is a great book for understanding the world Shakespeare came from and highlights excerpts from his plays throughout.
Laura Gardner
Jul 23, 2008 Laura Gardner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, nonfic, for-a-class
I really liked this overview of Shakespeare. The author does a great job of synthesizing why Shakespeare still matters today and what is so special about his plays. The pictures are beautiful, too!
May 25, 2008 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an elementary introduction to Shakespeare through a highly pictorial book. A good quick read.
Great for teen-agers..
Jul 20, 2009 Sally rated it really liked it
This beautifully illustrated book helps the "Shakespeare illiterate" grasp a better understanding of his plays and his life. Picked this up at the Shakespeare Bookstore in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
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Good introduction to Shakespeare, including several plays. Bad design and typography.
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Michael Rosen, a recent British Children’s Laureate, has written many acclaimed books for children, including WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, and I’M NUMBER ONE and THIS IS OUR HOUSE, both illustrated by Bob Graham. Michael Rosen lives in London.

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