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Shakespeare for Kids?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2309  Tuesday, 9 December 2003

[1]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Monday, 8 Dec 2003 08:59:30 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?

[2]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Monday, 8 Dec 2003 14:16:14 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?

[3]     From:   Christy Jordan-Frank <
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        Date:   Monday, 8 Dec 2003 09:29:21 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?

[4]     From:   Matt Henerson <
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        Date:   Monday, 8 Dec 2003 11:19:50 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?

[5]     From:   Megan Isaac <
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        Date:   Monday, 8 Dec 2003 12:21:13 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?

[6]     From:   Nora Kreimer <
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        Date:   Monday, 8 Dec 2003 21:10:07 -0300
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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Monday, 8 Dec 2003 08:59:30 -0500
Subject: 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?

>A colleague asked me if I knew of any version of Shakespeare that had
>been prepared especially for kids.
>
>She's interested in versions that might have short little scenes or
>Shakespeare as kids might say the words, stuff like that. I told her I
>that I knew of one series that told the stories in prose form (with
>pictures), but I thought I'd toss the query out to you good folks to see
>if anyone knew something I could pass along.

The Poor Yorick Catalogue has been hard at work revising our website,
and among our many new features, we have greatly expanded our children's
section to include over 125 picture books, biographies, classroom
adaptations and activity books for kids.  I'm still working on a hard
copy list, but if anyone would like a copy when it's done, please feel
free to contact me off-line.  Otherwise, the collection will be
published on the new website, which is still scheduled to relaunch
during the first week of January.

Cheers,
Tanya Gough
The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue
www.bardcentral.com

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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Monday, 8 Dec 2003 14:16:14 -0000
Subject: 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?

Charles & Mary Lamb seems the obvious suggestion.

Or, for a more modern take on the same idea, Leon Garfield.

m

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From:           Christy Jordan-Frank <
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Date:           Monday, 8 Dec 2003 09:29:21 EST
Subject: 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?

Hi Todd--

I noticed your affiliation with Flager College and can tell you that a
few months ago, I found a children's animated video series which
included several Shakespeare titles, at the Jacksonville (Florida)
Public Library (Beaches branch, which is not far from you, but other
branches more than likely carry some titles, too).  I recall Twelfth
Night, Macbeth, and Hamlet, specifically, and that there were at least
2-4 more titles in the series.  They are abbreviated versions, of
course, and were not produced in 'modern' language, but my 10 year old
daughter was able to easily understand and enjoy them (especially
Twelfth Night).  I also recall that each video is no longer than about
30 minutes.  A quick search of JaxCat brought up the following entry:

Macbeth [videorecording] / Soyuzmultfilm [et al.] ; producer, Dave
Edward ; director, Nikolai Serebryakov ; screenplay, Leon Garfield. New
York : Random House Home Video, 1993.

The call number for this particular item (Beaches branch) is:  VC
y822.33 M

I also remember checking out a few children's Shakespeare books for my
child, but can't recall specifics at the moment.

For your convenience, here's a link to the JaxCat catalog system (a
little slow, as they're in the process of updating the system through 11
December):

http://jpl.coj.net/index.html

Hope this helps, and good luck in your search...

Christy Jordan-Frank
Atlantic Beach, FL, USA
(not a scholar, just a Shakespeare-loving mom)  :)

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From:           Matt Henerson <
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Date:           Monday, 8 Dec 2003 11:19:50 EST
Subject: 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?

There's an outfit in Los Angeles called "The Education Station"--a quick
check of the web shows a similar, if not related, place in Edmonton.  In
any case, the Los Angeles store carries several versions of Shakespeare
for youngsters.  Some are rendered into prose, and some cut or
simplified to a greater or lesser degree.  The choice of plays is
limited: "Romeo and Juliet," "Midsummer," "Hamlet," "Macbeth," and
"Julius Caesar" figure prominently.  (My search for an adaptation of
"Titus," "Measure for Measure," or "Henry VIII" appropriate for 5th
graders proved strangely disappointing.)  I'm afraid I don't have
specific publication information, but I live very close to the store.
If you'd like to contact me off-list, I'll be happy to go in there and
get you a few specifics.  The website for the Edmonton Store is
www.educationstation.ca.

Good Luck,
Matt Henerson

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From:           Megan Isaac <
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Date:           Monday, 8 Dec 2003 12:21:13 EST
Subject: 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?

There are many editions of Shakespeare for children.  Is your colleague
looking for a specific play or a collection?  One of the best modern and
readily available collections is Leon Garfield's Shakespeare Stories (2
volumes), but there are older ones too like E. Nesbit's The Children's
Shakespeare or M.  Chute's Stories from Shakespeare, to name just a few.

If the colleague wants a specific play, he or she might try searching on
Amazon.  Many plays are lavishly illustrated with a text deeply
abbreviated and partially rewritten for younger audiences.  Sometimes
picture books are overlooked because people feel they are too juvenile
for a reader older than 7 or 8, but I'd argue that they are deeply
appropriate for anyone searching out a simplified Shakespeare.  The
plays are meant to be visual and having pictures doesn't mean that the
text is less demanding than a simplified version without pictures!  I
especially like to use multiple versions of the same play.  Looking at
what has been excised, kept, illustrated, and simplified in two or more
versions can really enhance a reading and an understanding of the play.
This is easiest to do with very popular plays like Romeo and Juliet,
Tempest, and Macbeth, which all have multiple illustrated editions.

One caveat, most editions of Shakespeare for children have abandoned the
dialogue form in favor of a prose retelling.  This certainly changes the
nature of the text, but I think it also makes a good topic for
discussion.

Megan Isaac

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From:           Nora Kreimer <
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Date:           Monday, 8 Dec 2003 21:10:07 -0300
Subject: 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?

_Tales from Shakespeare_, _Seven Plays presented by Marcia Williams_,
Candlewick Press, SCHOLASTIC, Cambridge, Mass. ISBN   0-590-99279-1

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