The Tempest for Kids
The Tempest for Kids
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Annotation: A second grade teacher teams up with her class to write Shakespeare's Tempest in language young children will understand and enjoy.
Catalog Number: #294408
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Firefly Books
Copyright Date: 1999
Edition Date: c1999
Pages: 64 p.
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 1-552-09326-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-80747-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-552-09326-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-80747-1
Dewey: 822.3
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Subject Heading:
Readers' theater.
Language: English
Horn Book
Accompanied by illustrations and writings by children ages seven to eleven, Shakespeare's play is abridged and retold in rhyming couplets. For teachers looking to introduce students to the work of the Bard, this amateurish effort might have some usefulness, but kids will be better served waiting until they can appreciate the language and magic of the original. A note to adults offers tips on activities.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Sticking closely to the series format, Burdett retells the story of The Tempest in rhyming couplets. Her students' drawings filled in with clear bright marker colors, along with the children's boxed comments, provide the book's primary appeal. The main text is distinctly plodding-especially when compared with the original. While it's true that the simple couplets might be easy for an adult to understand at first glance, they are not exactly a breeze for early readers, the audience for this book. It would require almost as much effort to use this text for a performance (as suggested) as it would to perform scenes from the original work or to have children create their own improvisations on the story. Burdett's techniques for exciting children about Shakespeare certainly seem to work well with her own classes. It seems sad that other youngsters might be handed a finished product rather than the fun of creating their own interpretations. The final page contains suggestions for parents and teachers.-Sally Margolis, Barton Public Library, VT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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School Library Journal
Word Count: 5,558
Reading Level: 4.6
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.6 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 45576 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.6 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q18545
Lexile: NP

"Admired Miranda! You are different from the rest.
So perfect and so peerless. Of all women, you're the best.
The instant I saw you, it was like a tidal wave,
My heart flew to your service, and I became your slave."
"I am your wife," she promised, "if you will marry me."
Ferdinand fell upon his knees, "And I thus humble be."
Now all this while the lovers thought they were alone,
Little did they know they had a chaperon.
Prospero stood watching this tender scene unfold.
To him their love was precious as the finest, rarest gold.
"It is a joyous day! This union must be blessed."
His heart was satisfied, for they both had passed the test.

Excerpted from The Tempest for Kids by William Shakespeare, Lois Burdett
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The Tempest is an exciting tale of jealousy and betrayal, magic and romance, repentance and forgiveness, and has all the elements necessary to ignite a young child's imagination and creative energy. By her use of rhyming couplets, Lois Burdett has once again succeeded in transforming Shakespeare's complex verse into a format readily understood by children.

Children's enthusiasm toward Burdett's adapted Shakespeare is evident in the wonderful drawings and anecdotes created by her Grade 2 and 3 students at Hamlet Elementary School in Stratford, Ontario. Together with the five other books in the successful and beautifully produced Shakespeare Can Be Fun! series, The Tempest will delight teachers, parents and children.

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