Gr 2–6—This first taste of Shakespeare is portioned out in small, seasonally arranged bites. Lovely spreads of cut-paper and fabric collage illustrations merge with quotes from some of the Bard's best-known works. Beginning with a quote from Sonnet 18, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" readers are treated to a silhouette of a girl superimposed on a beach scene complete with a kites, sand castles, and children frolicking. Moving through to fall and into winter, King Lear makes an appearance with "Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow!" Spring comes along with Henry VI, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and As You Like It. Summer winds, "Blow like sweet roses in this summer air" (Love's Labour's Lost). Each brief quote gives young readers a glimpse into the beauty of language. The outstanding illustrations have a tactile quality that will have readers' stroking the pages and noticing each detail, from the raindrops on the umbrellas to the farmer's-market vegetables. Endnotes explain in simple language who Shakespeare is and why his words are still important today and give suggestions for listening to language.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City
Carefully curated excerpts from Shakespeare's works accompany spectacular art to illustrate the seasons. Familiar lines such as "Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate" are included along with elegant selections from King Lear, The Winter's Tale, The Tempest, and other famous plays and sonnets. A stunning and simple first taste of Shakespeare, this truly special book will appeal to parents and teachers as well as to children.
A pretty pair of ideas makes a very nice read-aloud: Tiny snippets of Shakespeare form the text for an illustrated almanac. Whitt creates fastidiously detailed cut-and-paste, origami and collage images to complement the Bard's words. The book opens with "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" Readers see children on the beach flying kites and building sandcastles, watched by a woman with a book. The beachscape is visually anchored by the head of a woman with long hair, hinting that this may be a memory. The Winter's Tale's "mints, savory, marjoram; / The marigold" finds three little girls amid the flowers and green. "Earth's increase" from The Tempest is a bounty of pumpkins and veggies; "bareness everywhere" comes after a Christmas scene. "The purest spring is not so free from mud" depicts mud-luscious splashing and a pair of yellow boots framing a single crocus. In spring, there is a wedding--"Sweet lovers love the spring," from As You Like It. A final double-page spread flows from a proposal to a pregnancy to children to teens to an elder couple through the seasons: crocus to primroses to autumn leaves to snow and back to crocuses again. The longest quote is eight lines but most are four or less, and read aloud with the images, they are easily accessible even to very young children. Just lovely. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)
|Edition description:||Downtown Bookworks|
|Product dimensions:||10.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|