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"Who is William Shakespeare?" For more than 20 years, Lois Burdett has asked that question of her elementary school students in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, leading them on a voyage of discovery that brings the Bard to life for boys and girls ages seven and up.

A Midsummer Night''s Dream for Kids, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3?An adaptation of the play retold in rhyming couplets. The greatest strength of the presentation is in the contributions of Burdett''s elementary-age students. The obviously neatened-up drawings of the characters in various scenes are done in brightly colored markers on white backgrounds and retain many stylistic traits unique to young creators. So, too, do the diary entries of the characters, letters between them, and other documents supplied by the youngsters and reproduced (complete with their creative spelling) on most pages. The charm of this precocious output will appeal more to adults than to children. The verse (the actual story of the play) does manage to scan throughout without noticeable forcing, but is rather heavy-handed. The most graceful phrases are the few that are direct quotes from the play. Unfortunately, nothing in this book distinguishes Burdett''s words from the Bard''s. This book is one of the end results of an extensive learning project that includes a performance by the children. Unfortunately, the active experience of all this creation is only hinted at on the page.?Sally Margolis, formerly at Deerfield Public Library, IL
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Shakespeare is presented in a manner that is understandable to children without lessening the quality of the work. (Sheree Van Vreede Children''s Literature)

Makes it come wonderfully alive for young students. ( Curriculum Administrator 1998-06-01)

Included in the "Great Books for Children" program. ( Canadian Toy Testing Council)

If you are looking for more fun ways to teach Shakespeare to your children, the Shakespeare Can Be Fun series by Lois Burdett is an excellent way to introduce the playwright''s many works. The author takes Shakespeare''s entire works and puts them into a poetic, flowing version that is easy on children''s attention spans whileleaving the crux of the works intact. It''s helpful for mom and dad as well. The books also offer suggestions for lesson plans. (Tere Scott St. Louis Homeschooling Examiner, Los Angeles edition 2009-06-24)

From the Author

Shakespeare Can Be Fun!

Most students will be exposed to the works of Shakespeare, typically in high school. The language and content of the plays is seen as too difficult for younger children but primary children are underestimated as to what they can accomplish given the challenge. The study of Shakespeare has become an integral part of my grade two program at Hamlet School, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

When I first moved to Stratford, I had no intention of teaching Shakespeare to 7 and 8 year olds. Stratford is a beautiful city noted for its Shakespearean theatre and I was interested that the schools were all named after Shakespearean characters. I asked my class, "Who is William Shakespeare?" and "Why is our school called Hamlet?" Their answers were surprising. One thought he was a famous boxer. Another believed he was the President of Canada. A third student responded, "I don''t know who William Shakespeare is. I don''t know any of the big kids." It was the children''s enthusiasm and excitement on making the connection between an historical figure and the name of their school, which led me to continue. Thirty years later I can''t imagine teaching anywhere in the world and not introducing Shakespeare. The study provided tremendous growth, particularly in the area of language and communication and evolved into a learning experience of a lifetime. I have endeavored in my books and workshops for teachers to share the excitement of exploring with children, the timeless emotions and ideas of Shakespeare.

The comments of two of my children, written at various times in their daily journals show the lasting impression Shakespeare has had on them.

"Shakespeare is like a big piece of chocolate cake. Once you''ve started you wish you could go on and on forever, in a non-stopping dream." (Anika, age 7)

"William''s incredible words are like a velvet silk coat that rap around his pure thoughts. His pen writes on like all colors of the wind." (Sean, age 7)

About the Author

Lois Burdett''s success in introducing Shakespeare to children is reflected in her growing international reputation. Her books and workshops for teachers have captured the attention and imagination of parents, educators, and lovers of Shakespeare around the world, including the American National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. Among other commendations, Lois Burdett has received Encyclopedia Britannica''s National Award for Early Childhood Education, Canada''s Meritorious Service Medal, the Canadian Teachers'' Federation''s Hilroy Fellowship, and two writers'' awards. Burdett''s many speaking engagements have included the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Her books, magazine articles, presentations and media interviews are testimony to her strong influence in the education community, where she has also been instrumental in helping teachers to incorporate Shakespeare into early grade curricula.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

"You''ve got to be kidding!" Helena cried,
"I know, it''s Hermia, you want for your bride."
"Not a chance!" said Lysander, "It''s you I love!
Who will not change a raven for a dove?"
"Give me a break!" Helena scoffed in dismay,
"Do you think I was born yesterday?
Your speech to me is like a thorn;
How dare you treat me with such scorn!"
Then she stomped off, in great disdain;
Lysander followed with a loving refrain.

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At Home With Cristin
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Excellent choice
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2021
Fantastic book. Printed on thick paper with a sturdy paperback cover that has held up to a tremendous amount of use. Every page was brightly colored, easy to read, and had drawings and projects that other kids had made. That sparked my kids’ imaginations and let them take... See more
Fantastic book. Printed on thick paper with a sturdy paperback cover that has held up to a tremendous amount of use. Every page was brightly colored, easy to read, and had drawings and projects that other kids had made. That sparked my kids’ imaginations and let them take on Shakespeare on their terms. There a parents and educators section at the back that provides great ideas for creative and learning extensions. I loved teaching with this book and purchased several others in the series.
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Such an excellent teaching tool
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2017
Such an excellent teaching tool. My ten year old boys are all excited about Shakespeare now, and loved the production of MND we saw after reading this because they were so well prepared. Highly recommend.
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Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2014
Our family (all boys) is studying "A Midsummer Night''s Dream" and planning to attend a live performance. This also means we will most likely be staging our own performances / puppet theater / farce productions. We like to get carried away. We have many, many... See more
Our family (all boys) is studying "A Midsummer Night''s Dream" and planning to attend a live performance. This also means we will most likely be staging our own performances / puppet theater / farce productions. We like to get carried away.

We have many, many versions of Shakespeare for kids, including "Brick Shakespeare, the Comedies" and Marcia Williams'' adorable book, Adam McKeown''s beautiful retelling, and Brendan Kelso''s hilarious plays.

I also bought this book.

What we like:
+ We like the retelling in verse.
+ We like the illustrations.
+ We like the "letters to characters" format on each page

What gets old:
- The cheesy mis-spellings, always the same mistakes in the letters, so it becomes very fake

Hey, my kids are kids, just like your kids. They know when a book is condescending to them.

A list of other resources:
Brick Shakespeare: The Comedies--A Midsummer Night''s Dream, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Taming of the Shrew
Tales from Shakespeare
The Young Reader''s Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night''s Dream
Shakespeare''s A Midsummer Night''s Dream for Kids: 3 melodramatic plays for 3 group sizes
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Jo Ann Warner
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A wonderful book brilliantly conceived
Reviewed in the United States on August 5, 2014
This book is written in rhyme and illustrated with children''s drawings. It also contains letters, lists, and other kinds of writing (for example diary entries) written by children in the character''s voices. The rhyme, written by Ms. Burdett, brilliantly explains and... See more
This book is written in rhyme and illustrated with children''s drawings. It also contains letters, lists, and other kinds of writing (for example diary entries) written by children in the character''s voices. The rhyme, written by Ms. Burdett, brilliantly explains and clarifies the complicated plot lines of the play and is evocative of Shakespeare''s language. The writings by the children make the feelings and thoughts of the character''s even more accessible to children. They also model how children can use writing themselves, if they are so inclined, to deepen their comprehension of a piece. As a Reading Specialist and writing teacher, I think this book is extremely valuable as an introduction to "A Midsummer Night''s Dream." My granddaughter, who is 8, is currently enrolled in Shakespeare camp and is performing a little scene from this play. She and I have had great discussions and laughs as I read the book aloud to her. This is just one of several books which summarize Shakespeare''s plays I am using to familiarize her with the Bard. It is a great beginning for this study and could also stand alone. We loved it.
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Yvonne
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A fun read.
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2020
Happy to add this one to my collection of other Shakespeare for kids books.
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Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2013
Love this resource. We are using it in our Junior Literature class this semester as a supplement to what is being done in the high school classes and preparing our younger students to attend a production of "A Midsummer Night''s Dream" at Southside Enrichment for... See more
Love this resource. We are using it in our Junior Literature class this semester as a supplement to what is being done in the high school classes and preparing our younger students to attend a production of "A Midsummer Night''s Dream" at Southside Enrichment for Language Arts and History, Homer Glen, Illinois.
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Fun reading
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2019
Great way to read Shakespeare
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A Midsummer Night''s Dream for Kids
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2010
This book was well advertised with example pages included. The book did not diaappoint my young Hawaiian students or myself. The student illustrations in the book were really spot on. The length of the story was also appropriate.
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Shakespeare made easy!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2014
Alternative verse that''s easy for kids to get to grips with. Read this through to my 9 year old before seeing a production of RSC''s Midsummer, and was WELL worth it. We loved the illustrations by the kids, too.
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Easy to read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 1, 2018
Great for teaching my SEN class the play.
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children''s midsummer night''s dream
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 9, 2017
charming children''s verse[n. my little grand daughter loves it.
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A good way to start
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 24, 2015
My grand daughter loves these as she has started to do Shakespeare at school. They are a great introduction to the Bard!
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not as accessible as Id hoped.
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