Romeo and Juliet for Kids
Romeo and Juliet for Kids

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Annotation: A second grade teacher teams up with her class to write Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in language young children will understand and enjoy.
Catalog Number: #257149
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Firefly Books
Copyright Date: 1998
Edition Date: 1998
Pages: 64 pages
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: Publisher: 1-552-09229-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-65234-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-552-09229-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-65234-7
Dewey: 812
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Shakespeare's play about the melancholy Dane is adapted using rhymed couplets. The verse, which sometimes includes well-known lines from the original work, is generally smooth, though an occasional word or phrase strikes a jarringly contemporary note ("Ophelia, are you dating this noble youth?"). Children have contributed color drawings and brief essays, which increase the accessibility of this volume.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Once again, Burdett has produced a jaunty version of a Shakespeare work that grew from an intensive project with her elementary school students. The central text, composed of labored, uneven couplets, is the least appealing part of the book. Naive drawings, done by the students, are colored with clear, bright markers. Lively written additions from the second and third graders, such as Juliet's diary entries or reports from Verona citizens in response to the feud, show how well immersion in the play can lead to a good understanding by younger children. While readers elsewhere might enjoy a look at their contemporaries' drawings, it seems unlikely that they would derive even a fraction of the understanding of the play and its importance that Burdett's students got from the project. It wouldn't hurt, though, for teachers seeking inspiration to take a look at what can be achieved with enthusiasm and a strong belief in your source.-Sally Margolis, Barton Public Library, VT
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School Library Journal
Word Count: 5,674
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 52784 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 660L

Old Capulet greeted them in the great hall,
"Welcome, my friends, one and all!
Join the party!" he said with a grin,
"Come musicians, let the mirth begin."
In a matter of moments the room was aglow,
The ladies and gentlemen danced to and fro.
But Romeo stood by himself at the side
Until, in an instant, his eyes opened wide.
He gazed on a vision he'd never forget.
Across the room was the fair Juliet.
Now Rosaline's beauty lost its glow,
"What lady's that?" asked Romeo.
"Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright,
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night!"

Excerpted from Romeo and Juliet for Kids by Lois Burdett
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"Who is William Shakespeare?" For more than 20 years, Lois Burdett has asked that question of her elementary school students in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, leading them on a voyage of discovery that brings the Bard to life for boys and girls ages seven and up.

Romeo and Juliet for Kids, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.

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