Shakespeare's Stories for Young Readers by E. Nesbit

Title: Shakespeare's Stories for Young Readers
Author: E. Nesbit
Publisher: Dover Publishing
Publication Date: March 3, 2006
paperback, 80 pages
ISBN: 0-486-44762-6
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Summary: 12 of the Bard's most famous plays, delightfully adapted for young readers, are filled with stories about kings, queens, ghosts, and witches. Brimming with tragedy, humor, and moral lessons, and told with wit and grace, the tales include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, As You Like It, and 7 others. 

E. Nesbit has written many children's books. The one I'm most familiar with is The Railway Children.  I really like that book and it influenced my decision to purchase this book. In the introduction of Shakespeare's Stories for Young Children, E. Nesbit explains her reasons for writing this book.  She explains that her children love Shakespeare's story lines but at the time were too young to enjoy the actual play. So she took some of Shakespeare's most famous plays and summarized them, making it easier for children to understand.  Shakespeare's influence is found everywhere and I wanted my children to be familiar with his plays.  However Shakespeare didn't write for children and I know mine wouldn't understand the language and would be bored in a matter of pages. E. Nesbit did a great job explaining the stories. My children were able to comprehend the stories with little explanation. Each chapter is a different play and about six pages. She also includes direct quotes from the plays. It's the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young children. 

*picture and summary taken from Good Reads
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  1. What a wonderful idea this book is!
    Thanks for highlighting it :)

  2. I thought so too! It's a great way to introduce kids to Shakespeare w/o it going completely over their heads.


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