A Child's Portrait of Shakespeare
A Child's Portrait of Shakespeare

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Annotation: Biography of Shakespeare told through the eyes of a child.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #51656
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Firefly Books
Copyright Date: 1995
Edition Date: 2002
Pages: 64 p.
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: Publisher: 0-88753-261-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-55618-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-88753-261-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-55618-8
Dewey: 921
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3--Between the covers of this slim volume is the sort of material parents glow over at back-to-school nights. Burdett refers to the project as her seven-and eight-year-old students' ``unedited work.'' Their lively art portraying Shakespeare and scenes from his life seems to have been polished for publication. But the letters and diary entries that the youngsters have imagined for William and his family, reproduced with all their cuteness and misspellings intact, are appealing for their imaginative precocity and breadth of knowledge. The drawings and writings accompany short, labored verses that give the facts of Shakespeare's life accurately, though the forced rhyme is especially glaring in a book about the Bard. There is a strong sense of a well-meaning adult's heavy hand, and if that hand were involved, why did it not remove the grammatical errors? This book is the result of efforts that were clearly fun and enlightening for the children and serves as a good example for other teachers. But it's questionable whether reading about it will have as much appeal or educational impact as doing it.--Sally Margolis, formerly at Deerfield Public Library, IL
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School Library Journal
Word Count: 1,871
Reading Level: 5.5
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 52773 / grade: Lower Grades
Guided Reading Level: Q
Fountas & Pinnell: Q

But an actor and a writer must also have a stage.The theatres in London town were all the current rage.

Since there was no place to rent William built one of his own;He cherished this new playhouse; The Globe as it was known.

The Globe was open to the sky, so plays were in the day.The poor folk stood about the stage; a penny they did pay.

They were labelled "groundlings" and could get quite loud and rude;If they didn't like the play they saw, they'd even throw their food.

Others paid a good deal more for shelter from the rain.But on opening day for Shakespeare, no one person did complain.

Excerpted from A Child's Portrait of Shakespeare 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.

A Child's Portrait of Shakespeare, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.

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