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William Shakespeare: His Life and Times (Historical Notebooks)

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A lavish, interactive introduction to the great poet’s life, his work and the times he lived in.

In this enthralling scrapbook that William Shakespeare compiled for his daughter, he looks back on his life as he retires from the theatre. Discover late-sixteenth- and early-seventeenth centurystories of love, war, kings and queens, fellow playwrights and actors, explorers and
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published June 4th 2010 by Templar
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Margo Tanenbaum
Nov 15, 2010 Margo Tanenbaum rated it really liked it
This handsome interactive volume, similar to the "Ology" series also published by Candlewick (the highly popular Pirateology, Dragonology, etc.), purports to be William Shakespeare's personal scrapbook, put together in April, 1613, on the eve of his retirement from London to Stratford-upon Avon.

The book is filled with all kinds of fun envelopes and tiny books to open and peruse, as well as a plethora of color illustrations. Candlewick provides a You-Tube video in which each page is turned and t
Regina Hunter
Nov 21, 2011 Regina Hunter rated it it was amazing
I love this one. The pieces thata are put in the book feel very real. All little notes are very ...special and intimate. Holding them in hands feels breathtaking. I know this book is designed for kids , but I felt such joy and happiness having thin one to read.
Dec 08, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing
If you've ever seen Dragonology or Egyptology or Pirateology or ANY of the "Ology" books, that's what this book is like, except about Shakespeare, which makes it infinitely cooler than any of the other ones. They should have called it "Bardology".
Jan 26, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
I loved the scrapbook inspired layout of this book, though at first it was rather confusing, as I wasn't sure what to read first, but after I developed a system it wasn't confusing at all. The book is written partly in Shakespeare's voice and partly in the narrators. There are small cards, letters, pictures, scattered through out with tidbits on history and his plays. It's a wonderful book for anyone who loves Shakespeare or even just the time period in which he lived.
Feb 03, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing
I found this while inventorying the Children's biographies. Written in the format of a scrapbook for his daughter Judith, this is a fascinating view into Shakespeare's life.
This scrapbook, reminiscent of the Ology series, contains quotes, asides, and artifacts highlighting Shakespeare's life and the time period in which he lived.

The research, writing, and additional flaps and foldouts in the book were outstanding, but I found the type small and hard to read and many of the pictures were dark and dull.
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Kristen McDermott is a Professor of English Literature at Central Michigan University, specializing in Early Modern Drama. Her most recent book, WIlliam Shakespeare: His Life & Times, published by Templar/Candlewick and co-authored, with her husband, Ari Berk, won the School Library Association's 2011 Children's Choice Information Book Award. Her edition of Jacobean court entertainments, Masqu ...more
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