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. Volume VIII Number 19 . . . . May 24, 2002
biography tells the story of William Shakespeare and the world of 16th
century England in an interesting and accessible way. In brief double
page spreads, topics like Shakespeare's childhood, his marriage and
family, his early days in London, and his writings are covered. The
author tells what is known about Shakespeare's life and his plays in
a simple straightforward style. A timeline of Shakespeare's life and
a glossary of terms are also included. Children who enjoyed Gary Blackwood's
The Shakespeare Stealer (Dutton, 1998) and Shakespeare's Scribe
(Dutton, 2000) will be interested in the information provided on how
the scripts for the plays were kept and handled. This book nicely ties
into a unit with other highly readable books for children on Shakespeare
including Michael Rosen's Shakespeare: His Work & his World (Candlewick,
2001) and Aliki's William Shakespeare & the Globe (Harper
paintings for each of the spreads were originally done in acrylics.
The pop-ups are mainly made up of the "floating layers" and
the "lift the flaps" techniques. Bender is quite good at
This biography is recommended for children who would find that the pop-ups would add a new dimension to their learning.
Lorraine Douglas is the head of youth services at Winnipeg Public Library.
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