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GIVEAWAY for The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing!!
I love Shakespeare. To read the plays is to step into the very best of stories. Seeing a play live is even better! The rich language, exciting and universal themes, fights and the love stories, and gorgeous costumes take my breath away.
As a kid, I was lucky enough to have several teachers who were in awe of Shakespeare’s writings, yet at the same time not intimidated by the bulky books and our initial utter lack of interest. (Thanks, Dr. Gaspar)
I think the last time I read Shakespeare was probably before my last baby was born. And the last live show? I am pretty sure it was Macbeth, with my husband, on a special date night, over three years ago.
Where does the time go?
As a homeschool mom and teacher, I have tried to get my son into reading Shakespeare. We had some luck with the tragedies, but he had little interest in plowing through the comedies and most of the other works. They were just too long in his mind.
When I saw these books, abridged versions of six of Shakespeare’s popular works, I just had to check them out. I went ahead and requested a comedy, Much Ado About Nothing (The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare Series) as I really needed the laughs.
I was pleasantly surprised by how easy these are to read and follow. The language of the texts has been condensed, yet not changed or modernized. Just as in some of my college texts, notes are given at the bottom of each page to help the reader follow the language.
But the best thing about these, to me, is that they are formatted both for reading and acting out the plays. I went ahead and read mine and now have my son and daughter acting out several of the exciting individual scenes.
I really felt unable to do this before on my own, but this book allows this non-thespian to make Shakespeare fun for my kids!
The Sixty-Minute Series (and several others) are written by Cass Foster, a Professor Emeritus of Theatre, experienced Fight Choreographer and Stage Director.
Published by Five Star Publications, the series includes six books including Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and Twelfth Night. Buy the entire series for $45.89 or individually for $8.99. Already used in many schools, these books would be a welcome addition to any home library.
Find more information at www.GetShakespeare.com and http://fivestarpublications.com/ You can also follow them on Facebook and on Twitter.
Want to win a copy of Much Ado About Nothing for your home library?
Just leave me a comment telling me either: your favorite Shakespeare play OR if you are going to try to teach Shakespeare!
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A winner will be chosen on September 15, 2011.
“This is a MamaBuzz Media review. The product was provided by Sixty Minute Shakespeare for this review.” Opinions are mine.