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A Midsummer Night's Dream for Kids (Shakespeare Can Be Fun!)

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Change and transformation are central to the action, themes and language of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In this lucid study Helen Hackett shows how the play participates in a widespread 1590s concern with mutability; often, as here, expressed through moon-imagery, and associated with representations of the ageing Virgin Queen. However, it is also very much a play about proc ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Firefly Books
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Heather Lei
Aug 24, 2013 Heather Lei rated it liked it
This book had some really good aspects. Shakespeare is one of the most influential writers in history but he is a bit difficult for elementary students to read. I really liked the idea of a book that could introduce young children to his works thereby sparking an interest in future teens to read the actual works written by the man himself.

In this aspect I think it succeeds. The story is pared down and written in a simple, yet engaging, way. Throughout the book it included illustrations, letter,
Mar 06, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
My son's attention span is not his best feature, but this book (60+ pages, and took more than a half an hour to read) had him riveted. My daughter, who is 11 and has mostly outgrown being read to, heard us and had to listen, too.

No, it's not as well-written as the original, but it got their attention and familiarized them with the story.
Jul 13, 2015 Katy rated it liked it
Shakespeare for kids..a great concept. Told in poetic form, retold by kid, illustrated by kids. The possibility of how to use this play with kids is great! The plus of this book was I saw a way to differentiate reading instruction for my advanced readers.
Jul 24, 2013 Celia rated it really liked it
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This series (Shakespeare for Kids... Lois Burdett)is an excellent introduction to the major plays for children. I'm using them with my daughter this year for second grade, and will probably revisit them with my son. The retelling is accessible without being "cute," and introduces some of the rhyme and meter associated with Shakespeare. The illustrations and some small notes are made by children, making them more enjoyable for young readers. I'd say this would work for most elementary school stud ...more
Nov 05, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
A fun version for elementary kids makes it easy to follow the characters. This version brought the story to life for my son. He laughed and was eager to hear more as we read it aloud together. Actually, I enjoyed the simplicity of the story instead of being bogged down with deciphering the words to my child. He was able to grasp the point without losing the poetry of shakespeare. True, its not word for word, but the rhyming and poetic beat helped him get a great feeling for the beauty of Shakes ...more
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Great rhyme. Great Read-aloud. The artwork by kids, is kid-friendly, as is the prose. This book gets across the basics of the tale in language that kids can understand. My daughter and I loved it. (She's 10). We enjoyed the little letters that the children wrote -- chuckling over the misspellings. And she enjoyed the mischievous pranks of Puck and lovers' woes. And me... I enjoyed introducing Shakespeare's stories to her.

Highly recommend.
Valerie Stonesifer
May 09, 2013 Valerie Stonesifer rated it it was amazing
I love this series so much! The story is written in couplets and has lots of quotes from the actual play, but is easy for kids to understand. I think this is a great intro to Shakespeare. Burdett captures the mood and humor of the original play really well.
May 10, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
Lovely adaptation! Easy enough to understand for my 6 year old, and she really appreciated the kid-drawn pictures and letters and things. Even my 3 year old listened for the entire book!
May 09, 2013 Dana rated it it was amazing
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My daughter and I loved these books by Lois Burdett when she was younger. What a wonderful introduction to Shakespeare! This was our FAVORITE of the series!!!
Apr 19, 2011 Suzanne rated it really liked it
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This was so fun to read through with kids. Warning: the clever poem uses the 3 letter "a" word for donkey!
Aug 31, 2011 Trenare rated it really liked it
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Kid friendly Shakespeare. The illustrations are by young kids, very cute. A nice intro to Shakespeare.
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