Shakespeare's Storybook by Patrick Ryan

Shakespeare's Storybook

Written by Patrick Ryan

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Shakespeare was a brilliant storyteller and he knew a good story when he heard one. Here in this wonderfully atmospheric book we discover the stories from which some of his best-known plays took their inspiration. ‘A Bargain is a Bargain’ was the inspiration for A Merchant of Venice whilst ‘The Hill of Roses’ forms the background for Romeo and Juliet.

This book is an absolutely fantastic way to introduce and enthuse children of the delights of Shakespeare from an early age.


Shakespeare's Storybook by Patrick Ryan

Presents Shakespeare to younger children. This book, written by a professional storyteller, brings together the traditional folk stories, ballads and fairy tales of Shakespeare's masterpieces.


'A volume full of interest.' --Bookseller 'Introduce your pupils to England's most famous playwright with Shakespeare's Storybook. Patrick Ryan uses the folk tales that inspired Shakespeare to appeal to a younger audience and the background to each story is revealed in the introduction.' --Junior Education magazine 'Patrick Ryan, a professional storyteller and teacher, retells folk-tales which may have inspired the playwright. He precedes each folk-tale with an explanatory introduction, putting them into historical and geographical context in a relaxed, accessible narrative. The perspective is an interesting one, for those coming new to the plays, and those familiar with them. James Mayhew's busy, intense illustrations transform the anthology into a lovely gift. --Scotsman 'A spirited celebration of the English pastoral, full of light, movement and colour.' --TES Primary 'This is a book to read from cover to cover, to dip into, and return to time and again.' --Children's Books in Ireland 'Many of Shakespeare's plays were based on folk and fairy tales. Patrick Ryan, a professional storyteller, explores seven of Shakespeare's plays... These tales are beautifully told and the folk tales have been painstakingly researched.' --Education Otherwise'

About the Author

Patrick Ryan has worked as a teacher and professional storyteller for over twenty years. He regularly tours Britain, Europe and the US performing, lecturing and conducting a variety of workshops. Patrick has written for the BBC and has also actively participated in several major storytelling projects, among them ‘Living Stories of the World’, a multi-cultural workshop for primary children in inner and outer London, and ‘Telling the Tale’ for Globe Education at the Globe Theatre.

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Contains Paperback and 2 Audio CDs
80 pages


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Barefoot Books Ltd

Publication date

10th March 2006




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