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4.1  ·  Rating details ·  206 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Twelve Shakespeare plays presented afresh by Leon Garfield in narrative form. These are not simple retellings, but more like a refashioning of the dramas as stories, which remain true to the essential spirit of the original versions. The author has captured all the richness of character, plot, mood and setting in Shakespeare's works. It is the perfect introduction to Shake ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 4th 1997 by Puffin (first published 1985)
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Anna Kļaviņa
12 Shakespeare plays retold as short stories.

The Prince was also reading; but there was a deeper likeness between Hamlet and Ophelia than such outward show. Each had been commanded by a father, one living, one dead, to play a part for which nature had not fashioned them: Ophelia for deceit, and Hamlet for murderous revenge.

Diana Kullman
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a delightful book of Shakespeare Stories. I saved the two that I was unfamiliar with to read last and thoroughly enjoyed them (Cymbeline & Measure for Measure). I'm ready to get reacquainted with Shakespeare!
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum
A collection of 12 of Shakespeare's more famous plays, retold and written in a modern, engaging style.
Miranda E.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Brilliant. I'm in love with the turn of phrase and wry narration.

Though he was my lady's Fool, he was the wisest of all. He was paid to play the Fool, the rest of the world did it for nothing.
- Twelfth Night

Petruchio smiled. He had got Kate's dowry, but now he was greedy and wanted more. He wanted her heart as well. But Kate's heart, like gold or any precious thing, was buried deep, and needed mining for, with strength and resolution, and loud explosions.
-The Taming of the Shrew

Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The first time I read anything by William Shakespeare was 9th grade. I didn't understand it. I don't think my teacher understood. And it didn't ignite a spark in me to read more of his works. I would like to say as my high school years passed I got progressively better, but it wasn't until I read Hamlet that I developed a true interest in Shakespeare. As I have grown older, I have read many different works on Shakespeare, including Catholic interpretations of his works and children's books that
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How to introduce kids to Shakespeare—not just to the stories behind the plays but to the richness of his language and the depth of his characters. That’s the challenge that Leon Garfield, a wonderful children’s book writer, undertook to meet in his monumental and delightful Shakespeare Stories. Here are twenty-one of the Bard’s plays, presented in what is not a series of dry retellings, but rather a refashioning of the dramas as stories, in a way that remains true to the essential spirit of the ...more
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction, classic
This book frightened me a youngster. I think it was mainly the very disturbing artwork, although Shakespeare himself did come up with some bizarre scenes!

Still, this book did contribute to my modern-day love of Shakespeare's works, something that I will always be grateful for. You can't really count yourself a great reader (in my eyes anyway) if you don't find yourself with an affinity for some of the prose and verse that this man (or whatever, conspiracies aside, for this review) had used/inven
Julie Pederson
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This vivid re-telling of Shakespeare's plays is full of descriptive language. It hits on the crucial points of the various stories and includes important dialog. Very enjoyable to read for an adult who isn't up for a re-read of all those plays we read in high school! (or those we never got to but should have). Children would enjoy it to and I think it would be helpful to read before the plays so as to get the gist of the story.
dale paul
Jul 12, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: A beginner
This book aids in one's first attempt at tilling the garden that is the mind for the arduous task of planting Shakespeare in the brain. The plays are broken down into detailed summaries that would make great bedtimes stories for young ones, save a few. It doesn't have all the plays, but most of the good ones. It does include snip-its from Shakespear's pen which is a plus.
Suzanne Vincent
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book and it's companion volume II are an excellent way to introduce young readers to Shakespeare. Read-alouds for 2 through 5 graders, and read-alones for 6th through 9th, they are well-written, include numerous direct quotes from the plays, follow the storylines faithfully, and are punctuated with some beautiful ink and watercolor illustrations.
Apr 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
I bought this book with my allowance when I was in 6th grade...adn I still love it to this day. These are faithful retellings of Shakespeare's plays in story form...and they include much of the beautiful language. Reading these helped me learn to love the plays as I got older.
Oct 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was my first introduction to Shakespeare. My dad read the stories to me when I was little. I love the illustrations.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Starting with King Lear, my daughter's gruesome choice. She's a rapt audience so far.
Tso William
Read this book with my student. A serviceable introduction to Shakespeare's plays with some beautiful rhyming writing.
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
While this is not a collection of Shakespeare's plays, it is the basic stories that Shakespeare wrote. It is a good book to give to children in order to introduce them to Shakespeare.
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Read frequently by Constance. She likes it every much.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great to catch up on all the plots. Not as exciting as the plays themselves though.
Shakespeare Stories is perfect for introducing the Bard to readers who are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with reading in play format.
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Leon Garfield, the distinguished author of more than thirty books for children and adults, has won numerous literary awards and honors, including the Carnegie Medal. Before his death in 1996, he lived in London with his wife, author Vivien Alcock, and their daughter.

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