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He was the greatest poet and playwright who ever lived, the dramatist who penned lines that we quote without even realizing their origin. Shakespeare's glorious works have even inspired animated films--like Disney's The Lion King. Introduce children to the Bard with this wonderful, fully annotated collection of sonnets and soliloquies, enhanced with beautiful, highly reali He was the greatest poet and playwright who ever lived, the dramatist who penned lines that we quote without even realizing their origin. Shakespeare's glorious works have even inspired animated films--like Disney's The Lion King. Introduce children to the Bard with this wonderful, fully annotated collection of sonnets and soliloquies, enhanced with beautiful, highly realistic color paintings that bring each excerpt to vivid life. Here are Shakespeare's most famous speeches: "To be or not to be" from Hamlet, with the melancholy Dane pictured in front of the castle, his face pensive and gazing into the distance; Portia's gentle plea for mercy in The Merchant of Venice; Macbeth's witches' cackling "Double, double, toil and trouble"; and Marc Antony's sarcastic address to "Friends, Romans, Countrymen," in Julius Caesar. A golden-robed Henry V, kneeling and bowed from the weight of the world, ponders how rulers must bear the burden of their subjects' needs. Mercutio, seen here in a bright red background as fiery and explosive as his personality, gently teases his lovesick friend Romeo. From the tender sonnets (Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?) to the humorous songs sung by his jesters in comedies such as Twelfth Night, every page contains pure verbal and visual magic. "...the most delicate challenge in introducing poetry to children [is]...making all the necessary allowances for accessibility without completely throwing felicity and mystery to the winds. In this respect...it is particularly heartening to come upon...The Poetry for Young People Series [which] should be commended for recognizing that secure stepping stones hold infinitely more hope than forced marches."--Washington Post Book World.


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He was the greatest poet and playwright who ever lived, the dramatist who penned lines that we quote without even realizing their origin. Shakespeare's glorious works have even inspired animated films--like Disney's The Lion King. Introduce children to the Bard with this wonderful, fully annotated collection of sonnets and soliloquies, enhanced with beautiful, highly reali He was the greatest poet and playwright who ever lived, the dramatist who penned lines that we quote without even realizing their origin. Shakespeare's glorious works have even inspired animated films--like Disney's The Lion King. Introduce children to the Bard with this wonderful, fully annotated collection of sonnets and soliloquies, enhanced with beautiful, highly realistic color paintings that bring each excerpt to vivid life. Here are Shakespeare's most famous speeches: "To be or not to be" from Hamlet, with the melancholy Dane pictured in front of the castle, his face pensive and gazing into the distance; Portia's gentle plea for mercy in The Merchant of Venice; Macbeth's witches' cackling "Double, double, toil and trouble"; and Marc Antony's sarcastic address to "Friends, Romans, Countrymen," in Julius Caesar. A golden-robed Henry V, kneeling and bowed from the weight of the world, ponders how rulers must bear the burden of their subjects' needs. Mercutio, seen here in a bright red background as fiery and explosive as his personality, gently teases his lovesick friend Romeo. From the tender sonnets (Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?) to the humorous songs sung by his jesters in comedies such as Twelfth Night, every page contains pure verbal and visual magic. "...the most delicate challenge in introducing poetry to children [is]...making all the necessary allowances for accessibility without completely throwing felicity and mystery to the winds. In this respect...it is particularly heartening to come upon...The Poetry for Young People Series [which] should be commended for recognizing that secure stepping stones hold infinitely more hope than forced marches."--Washington Post Book World.

57 review for Poetry for Young People: William Shakespeare

  1. 5 out of 5

    Betty Strohecker

    This is an excellent series highlighting significant works by major poets. I acquired several of these books to use when teaching, and although designated for young people, they can be enjoyed by all ages. An introduction gives a brief biography of Shakespeare and his rise to fame, becoming one of the most celebrated authors for over 500 years. Many often quoted phrases today come from Shakespeare. I recognized portions of almost each selection included in this anthology, some of which I had to This is an excellent series highlighting significant works by major poets. I acquired several of these books to use when teaching, and although designated for young people, they can be enjoyed by all ages. An introduction gives a brief biography of Shakespeare and his rise to fame, becoming one of the most celebrated authors for over 500 years. Many often quoted phrases today come from Shakespeare. I recognized portions of almost each selection included in this anthology, some of which I had to memorize during my education. Selected vocabulary is explained at the end of each entry, enhancing the enjoyment and understanding Of Shakespeare's work.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Egbert

    I didn't think that one could be too much an apologist for William Shakespeare or too much a Shakespeare as the only author of the plays advocate, but these editors might come close! Of course, this is something that I appreciate so I am not complaining. I do love this series and love this one especially. The artwork is gorgeous and I think the passages chosen are perfect for introducing young people to the Bard. I didn't think that one could be too much an apologist for William Shakespeare or too much a Shakespeare as the only author of the plays advocate, but these editors might come close! Of course, this is something that I appreciate so I am not complaining. I do love this series and love this one especially. The artwork is gorgeous and I think the passages chosen are perfect for introducing young people to the Bard.

  3. 5 out of 5

    (NS) Brea M

    This anthology of William Shakespeare includes three sonnets and twenty-four excerpts from his plays. Some of the famous plays include Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Romeo and Juliet. Many other not as famous plays are included as well, such as King Lear and As You Like It. Each poem is adapted for readers by giving a brief summary before the poem. Summaries usually include the character’s feelings about the events at hand. For the play excerpts, the summaries also give background as to what has ha This anthology of William Shakespeare includes three sonnets and twenty-four excerpts from his plays. Some of the famous plays include Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Romeo and Juliet. Many other not as famous plays are included as well, such as King Lear and As You Like It. Each poem is adapted for readers by giving a brief summary before the poem. Summaries usually include the character’s feelings about the events at hand. For the play excerpts, the summaries also give background as to what has happened in the play prior to this part. Each page also includes difficult words or phrases and their meaning. I think this book would be excellent supplementary material for a class studying Shakespeare. Students who are having difficulty with the play could gain a deeper understanding of a specific part. The one page excerpt is much less intimidating than the entire play and students could feel success at analyzing Shakespeare on some level. While Shakespeare in general is difficult even for some adults, younger readers could gain exposure to this very famous author. Glenn Harrington illustrates each selection with impressionistic paintings. He focuses on characters and color, giving readers a sense of the emotion as well as a visual for the time period. Ages 11-14

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore

    In the Poetry for Young People series, Scholastic aims to breath new life into the work of classic poets by making their poetry more accessible to a younger audience. The book includes a biography of the original author as well as a carefully selected series of poems accompanied by illustrations. The Poetry for Young People series also includes a glossary to help define new words that readers may come across. I appreciate the idea behind this book, however, this wasn't a hit for young (or ad In the Poetry for Young People series, Scholastic aims to breath new life into the work of classic poets by making their poetry more accessible to a younger audience. The book includes a biography of the original author as well as a carefully selected series of poems accompanied by illustrations. The Poetry for Young People series also includes a glossary to help define new words that readers may come across. I appreciate the idea behind this book, however, this wasn't a hit for young (or adult) me. The illustrations that were added were action-packed and colourful but still didn't make up for the inaccessibility of Shakespearian poems. Some of the poems such as Sonnet 18 were more engaging because of their notoriety and shorter presentation, but most the book was quite difficult to get through. Even the biography written about Shakespeare was too long and ill suited for the audience. My mom bought me this book series as a child and though I would read everything at that time with little no discrimination, I could not get through these. Perhaps they would be better suited as a teaching resource for students in grade 7 who are learning poetry.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cathi

    This is the fourth POETRY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE book that I've read, and they are all terrific. I've read the ones about Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Louis Stevenson, and they were terrific, with great selections of poetry, beautiful illustrations (all done by different artists), and wonderful biographical information. I would recommend them to anyone, not just big poetry fans or young readers. This little Shakespeare book did not disappoint. It contains some of the most well-known spe This is the fourth POETRY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE book that I've read, and they are all terrific. I've read the ones about Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Louis Stevenson, and they were terrific, with great selections of poetry, beautiful illustrations (all done by different artists), and wonderful biographical information. I would recommend them to anyone, not just big poetry fans or young readers. This little Shakespeare book did not disappoint. It contains some of the most well-known speeches and dialogue from Shakespeare's plays, as well as a couple of my favorite sonnets. The footnotes with each selection are helpful, no matter what your age or literary background. And wow, the illustrations by Glenn Harrington are haunting and beautiful!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Roger Flores-Chacon

    I wanted to know more about poetry. It was a lot stranger than I expected it to be. The book had a bunch of mixed up poems which confused me for the first part. The editors of the book should put the poems in order instead of mixing them up. It would've been a simple task. The book confused me. The title fits the book because it has poems by William Shakespeare. I couldn't find any good or bad parts. It was just not my kind of book, and that's it. I wanted to know more about poetry. It was a lot stranger than I expected it to be. The book had a bunch of mixed up poems which confused me for the first part. The editors of the book should put the poems in order instead of mixing them up. It would've been a simple task. The book confused me. The title fits the book because it has poems by William Shakespeare. I couldn't find any good or bad parts. It was just not my kind of book, and that's it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Another worthy entry in the P4YP series. But the best intro. to the Bard for today's youth? I dunno. There is, after all, a lot of competition. Well anyway. The selection from Richard III makes me want to consider that play as the first 'history' that I study. (I,I, 178-204, awakening from his nightmare.) Another worthy entry in the P4YP series. But the best intro. to the Bard for today's youth? I dunno. There is, after all, a lot of competition. Well anyway. The selection from Richard III makes me want to consider that play as the first 'history' that I study. (I,I, 178-204, awakening from his nightmare.)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This is a great book of poetry to use while doing AO Shakespeare study. It gives a brief description, then the poem, and at the bottom there is definition of words. Great library book and will use this for each term....krb 11/10/17

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kami

    This is a five star book illustration-wise, but a 1 star for poem selection. They should have made the selections shorter, my older girls (11 and 9) browsed through it a bit, but there's no way I could interest my younger boys. This is a five star book illustration-wise, but a 1 star for poem selection. They should have made the selections shorter, my older girls (11 and 9) browsed through it a bit, but there's no way I could interest my younger boys.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tandava Graham

    A few of the most popular sonnets, plus a lot of excerpts from the plays. Not quite the selection I would have chosen for a picture book, but generally good, and the illustrations are mostly pretty well suited to the task.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Lovejoy

    Great book! It inspired me to want to read all the Shakespeare plays again. The illustrations by Glenn Harrington were especially delightful.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    A good selection. Start 'em off young! A good selection. Start 'em off young!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gen

    I haven't fully understood almost every Shakespeare line I have read...that is, until now. After reading each sonnet and soliloquy in this book, I have a better understanding of Shakespeare's art. I believe that this Poetry for Young People book will be a great guide for older children/teenagers who are just beginning to learn about the famous William Shakespeare. There is a great selection of poems and plays inside. The stories themselves have been shortened so they are easier to read and compr I haven't fully understood almost every Shakespeare line I have read...that is, until now. After reading each sonnet and soliloquy in this book, I have a better understanding of Shakespeare's art. I believe that this Poetry for Young People book will be a great guide for older children/teenagers who are just beginning to learn about the famous William Shakespeare. There is a great selection of poems and plays inside. The stories themselves have been shortened so they are easier to read and comprehend. The explanations along with the word guides have truly helped me understand Shakespeare's words so much more. The realistic colorful paintings really added an important element to this book-- vivid visuals. Being able to see the illustrations of each play featured really brought Shakespeare's works to life. Shakespeare's art, for me, is complicated and challenging to understand so this book was of great help.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I enjoyed that this book had a little intro on Shakespeare himself so you have some background information on him before you start to read the poems. Shakespeare is so complicated that i think its difficult to put in a way that kids will actually comprehend. I think this would be useful to middle schoolers or kids in high school. This put into better terams and easier way to understand what Shakespeare was trying to convey. It shortens the stories so their easier to read and less overwhelming. L I enjoyed that this book had a little intro on Shakespeare himself so you have some background information on him before you start to read the poems. Shakespeare is so complicated that i think its difficult to put in a way that kids will actually comprehend. I think this would be useful to middle schoolers or kids in high school. This put into better terams and easier way to understand what Shakespeare was trying to convey. It shortens the stories so their easier to read and less overwhelming. Lots of colorful pictures, one for each poem. I wouldn't recommend this one in particular for children but more as a refences for older kids learning about him to make it a little easier to get his message.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shay

    This book is good for young adults, middle school or higher and actually adults too. Shakespeare's language isn't easy to interpret. this book gives a diverse array of snippets from his works. giving definitions of lesser known words or phrases on the side. I could see teaching kids some poetry from these small selections. it was a quick read, I can now appreciate his writing a little more since it's in a smaller for that isn't over welding for me to read. I also would like to note the small sum This book is good for young adults, middle school or higher and actually adults too. Shakespeare's language isn't easy to interpret. this book gives a diverse array of snippets from his works. giving definitions of lesser known words or phrases on the side. I could see teaching kids some poetry from these small selections. it was a quick read, I can now appreciate his writing a little more since it's in a smaller for that isn't over welding for me to read. I also would like to note the small summary of each selection to let us know where our mind should be in reading, again further helping with interpretation. the illustrations gave a nice touch and helped engulf you in the scene. I enjoyed this!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cherry

    I'm a big fan of William Shakespeare's work and i'm glad this book was compiled with his poems and short versions of his plays. I think this would be great for younger people to read, because a whole play like Romeo and Juliet would probably overwhelm them. The vocabulary is quite hard to understand, so the book includes definitions on the bottom. Instead of studying a whole book for one play, they can look go through several with this book and study the type of poetry and such. The book also in I'm a big fan of William Shakespeare's work and i'm glad this book was compiled with his poems and short versions of his plays. I think this would be great for younger people to read, because a whole play like Romeo and Juliet would probably overwhelm them. The vocabulary is quite hard to understand, so the book includes definitions on the bottom. Instead of studying a whole book for one play, they can look go through several with this book and study the type of poetry and such. The book also includes an introduction about Shakespeare so students will understand the history. Pictures are quite vivid and aren't so bad, goes with each poem/play.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erica J

    This collection of Shakespeare poems is an exceptional piece of work. Students will definitely develop an appreciation for poetry. Reading and dissecting this collection will help students develop critical thinking skills. The collection includes classic versus about love and jealousy, and betrayal, etc. You could cover numerous themes with this collection. You could also create a unit based upon characterization and emotions. Excellent classroom read/tool. Additionally, this would be great as a This collection of Shakespeare poems is an exceptional piece of work. Students will definitely develop an appreciation for poetry. Reading and dissecting this collection will help students develop critical thinking skills. The collection includes classic versus about love and jealousy, and betrayal, etc. You could cover numerous themes with this collection. You could also create a unit based upon characterization and emotions. Excellent classroom read/tool. Additionally, this would be great as a read aloud.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    This compilation of poetry of Shakespeare is age appropriate and shows some of Shakespeare's best and well-known work. This book also contains paintings that illustrate some of the poetry. This book would be a good introduction to Shakespeare and may serve to get children and young people interested in the Bard. It could be used for instruction on poetry, as well as insight into Elizabethan times. This compilation of poetry of Shakespeare is age appropriate and shows some of Shakespeare's best and well-known work. This book also contains paintings that illustrate some of the poetry. This book would be a good introduction to Shakespeare and may serve to get children and young people interested in the Bard. It could be used for instruction on poetry, as well as insight into Elizabethan times.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brinli

    These poems are written by William Shakespeare and a reason I chose this one is William Shakespeare is one of my favorite authors to write plays and poetry. His poems are different from other authors because his is the kind from his time that are in the form from his plays. The days and the nights that pass to getting poems throughout his plays that he has written like romeo and Juliet.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jared Lindland

    I liked this book a lot because it has many poems in it, it adds a nice variety. I also liked this book because it was a nice short read but it had a lot of reading and kinda made it fun to read because of the change every page. Finally, I would Definetly recommend this book to a person of any age and make sure you read it because it is just a great book in all.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Heather Truett

    I had hoped this would include more sonnets and less excerpts from plays. The plays are good, yes, but the book is "Poetry for Young People." I got it because I wanted too read Shakespeare's poems with my boys. The play bits are poetic, yes, but they are out of context and didn't mean as much to my sons. I had hoped this would include more sonnets and less excerpts from plays. The plays are good, yes, but the book is "Poetry for Young People." I got it because I wanted too read Shakespeare's poems with my boys. The play bits are poetic, yes, but they are out of context and didn't mean as much to my sons.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ted

    A nice collection of the bard's most famous speeches and sonnets. I would love to read one of these to the students each day, as tomorrow we start Shakespeare month culminating in a student version of The Taming of the Shrew, but I finish nearly every one in tears. A nice collection of the bard's most famous speeches and sonnets. I would love to read one of these to the students each day, as tomorrow we start Shakespeare month culminating in a student version of The Taming of the Shrew, but I finish nearly every one in tears.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    a good selection of poems and information about the poems explaining them to children i love the way this series presents the poems with beautiful pictures and explianations

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tina M

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Jaycen

    JJ did not realize how many expressions in speech and TV/film are based on quotes from Shakespeare. This was a really good book with brief quotes, easy to incorporate into bedtime reading time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Lee

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vayda Williams

  29. 5 out of 5

    Berserker Uruk

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  31. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  32. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  33. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  34. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  35. 4 out of 5

    Rawya Riad

  36. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  37. 4 out of 5

    Russell Hall

  38. 5 out of 5

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  39. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

  40. 4 out of 5

    Jorge

  41. 5 out of 5

    Terry Fernandes

  42. 4 out of 5

    Saleem

  43. 4 out of 5

    Elira Martin

  44. 5 out of 5

    Nina Rawls

  45. 5 out of 5

    Rina Potgieter

  46. 4 out of 5

    Tara

  47. 5 out of 5

    Laura Lubak

  48. 4 out of 5

    Penny Soutar

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    Craig Maniscalco

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    Tony Braskich

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    Theresa Barr

  55. 4 out of 5

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  56. 4 out of 5

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