Tales From Shakespeare
Features occasional black/white illustrations by Arthur Rackham and is 278 pbs, pb.
Category Description for Tales from Shakespeare
Although first published in 1807 with the intent of being “an introduction to the study of Shakespeare,” these prose retellings by Charles and Mary Lamb have stood the test of time. Because the plays are told in story format, they can be somewhat easier for children to understand than the play format, and give a good basis for understanding the complete play when read later. These unabridged editions feature twenty retellings of Shakespeare’s plays, including The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello and more.
This is a great way to introduce younger children to Shakespeare. It also works for older teens who aren't interested or think they can't understand. My boys thoroughly enjoyed several of Shakespeare's works from this book when they were younger. When it came time to study at a higher level,there was no confusion.