Shakespeare's Stories

Author(s): Beverley Birch

Classic Fiction

These wonderful plays are retold by Beverley Birch and complemented by stunning artwork from James Mayhew. This book makes a lovely present as well as being a wonderful collectable introduction to Shakespeare's work. The plays included are: Romeo and Juliet Macbeth Twelfth Night A Midsummer Night's Dream Julius Caesar

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A perfect giftbook containing five of Shakespeare's best-loved plays - Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar. Beautifully retold and stunningly illustrated.

'a lyrical retelling of some of his greatest plays that captures all the magic of the original texts but beautifully brings them alive for readers who are reluctant or intimidated - a perfect gift book. -- Parents News 20031101 Praise for Beverley Birch's Shakespeare Stories (1988): 'True to the power and poetry of the original plays, these dramatic retellings will help attract the reluctant and the intimidated to the pleasures of Shakespeare.' -- BOOKLIST 20031101 'Captures the power and humour of the original plays.' -- EDUCATIONAL MEDIA TECHNOLOGY 20031101 'Superbly retold.' -- THE YOUNG READER 20031101 'Highly recommended.' -- THE BOOK REPORT 20031101 'Highly satisfactory means of introducing children to shakespeare ... tackles the central issues with great clarity and discretion.' -- LETTER TO SUNDAY TIMES 20031101 'I've always been opposed to condensation and simplification of great works of literature. As a remedial reading teacher, I refused to have my students use the versions of great books that were "written down" ... But here Birch has won me over completely.' -- KLIATT PAPERBACK GUIDE 20031101 Beverley Birch evocatively retells ... in modern but elegant language, the stories allow the reader to grasp the complexity of Shakespeare's work in an understandable way -- Derby evening telegraph 20031202 'All the wonder is retained and the difficulty lessened.' -- MEADOWCREEK LEARNING RESOURCES CENTRE 20031202 ... appealing, direct, concise and sensible... -- West Sussex Gazette 20021101 a sophisticated illustrated book, ideal for students studying or intersted in reading Shakespeare... These stories contain a depth of pyschological insight, emotion and powerful style... readable, interesting and very descriptive... excellent -- CMIS Evaluation 20021101

Beverley is author of more than 40 books books from picture books and novels to science biographies. She was born in London, grew up in Kenya and came to Britain for the first time to take A levels. She graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Economics and Sociology. After travelling in Africa, America, Europe and the Middle East, Beverley joined Penguin as an editor. Her first job was on Economics textbooks, but within a few weeks someone offered to let her work on children's books. She jumped at the chance, and has never looked back. Now she combines writing and working as an editor here at Hodder. She has two daughters and is married to photographer Nick Birch.

General Fields

  • : 9780340970133
  • : Hachette Children's Group
  • : Hodder Children's Books
  • : 0.544
  • : November 2008
  • : 267 x 210mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Beverley Birch
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : James Mayhew
  • : English
  • : 823.914
  • : 128pp
  • : colour illustrations