Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream : A Prose Narrative

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A simplified prose retelling of Shakespeare's play about the strange events that take place in a forest inhabited by fairies who magically transform the romantic fate of two young couples. Includes two short scenes from the original play and suggestions for staging them.

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This book makes an excellent gift for grownups and children to share. The combination of courtly lovers, enchanted forest, fairies, magical transformations and the comic characters of Puck and Nick Bottom makes Shakespeare's most popular comedy vivid and accessible to children. The lyrical prose will engage a younger child being read to, or an older child reading it. The beautiful illustrations help transport the reader to Shakespeare's magical world. The 8x11" hard-cover volume will make a handsome addition to your library even if you do not have children in your life.

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I love theatre. I know that taking children to see a play is giving them a gift that will last all their lives. The experience of live theatre, with actors and lights, costumes and scenery, and most of all the words, the spoken words, can light the flame of a child's imagination. Because I love theatre and beautiful words, one gift I want to give a child is A Midsummer Night's Dream. It's a love story and a comedy with some of Shakespeare's most lyric lines and some of his funniest, too, phrases he coined that became part of our language forever. That's why I wrote this book.

To aid children in making the most of seeing the play and hearing the wonderful language, it would help if they knew the story. This book is A Midsummer Night's Dream retold as a story, so a child can follow the tangled web of lovers and fairies and working men. It includes as many favorite lines as possible, so the sound and flavor of the dialogue will be familiar when the child sees the actual play.

To help yourself and your child enjoy this book, read it out loud, first, to yourself. That way, you'll know the story and can do a good dramatic reading. Have fun with it. Make up different voices for some of the characters, particularly ones you like. Let the speech fall trippingly off your tongue--it will, you know.

If you want to put on a scene of your own after you've finished the book, look in the EPILOGUE after the play and at the cue cards in the back of the book. "Give me your hands, if we be friends, and Robin will restore amends." All it takes is imagination.

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