Shakespeare's Stories by Beverley Birch


Shakespeare's Stories by Beverley Birch

These wonderful plays are retold by Beverley Birch and complemented by stunning artwork from James Mayhew. This book makes a lovely present as well as being a wonderful collectable introduction to Shakespeare's work. The plays included are: Romeo and Juliet Macbeth Twelfth Night A Midsummer Night's Dream Julius Caesar


Lovely to read aloud with good illustrations Angels & Urchins A lyrical re-telling of some of his greatest plays that captures all the magic of the original texts Parents News 'a lyrical retelling of some of his greatest plays that captures all the magic of the original texts but beautifully brings them alive for readers who are reluctant or intimidated - a perfect gift book. Parents News Praise for Beverley Birch's Shakespeare Stories (1988): 'True to the power and poetry of the original plays, these dramatic retellings will help attract the reluctant and the intimidated to the pleasures of Shakespeare.

& TECHNOLOGY Superbly retold. THE YOUNG READER Highly recommended. THE BOOK REPORT Highly satisfactory means of introducing children to shakespeare ... tackles the central issues with great clarity and discretion. LETTER TO SUNDAY TIMES I've always been opposed to condensation and simplification of great works of literature. As a remedial reading teacher, I refused to have my students use the versions of great books that were written down ... But here Birch has won me over completely. KLIATT PAPERBACK GUIDE Beverley Birch evocatively retells ... in modern but elegant language, the stories allow the reader to grasp the complexity of Shakespeare's work in an understandable way Derby evening telegraph All the wonder is retained and the difficulty lessened. MEADOWCREEK LEARNING RESOURCES CENTRE ... appealing, direct, concise and sensible... West Sussex Gazette a sophisticated illustrated book, ideal for students studying or interested in reading Shakespeare... These stories contain a depth of pyschological insight, emotion and powerful style... readable, interesting and very descriptive... excellent CMIS Evaluation A lyrical retelling of Shakespeare plays preserving the poetry of the original texts, while creating a swift narrative pace that will draw children in. With delightful artwork by James Mayhew, this is a wonderful introduction to Shakespeare's work. Junior Education

About the Author

Beverley Birch grew up in Kenya and first came to England, where she now lives with her husband and two daughters, to study for her A-levels. After completing an MA in Economics and Sociology, Beverley became an editor at Penguin. Within a few weeks she was offered the chance to work on children's books and has been involved in children's publishing - as both editor and writer - ever since. She has had over forty books published, from picture books and novels to science biographies and retellings of classic works. All her titles have received critical acclaim and her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Beverley spends three days a week commissioning children's fiction for Hodder, and the remainder of her time on her own writing. She is currently working on a novel for teenagers.

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128 pages


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Publication date

20th November 2008



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