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William Shakespeare & the Globe Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Aliki
ISBN: 0064437221     ISBN-13: 9780064437226
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $9.59  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: July 2000
Annotation: Using her characteristically thorough and animated words and pictures and quotations from Shakespeare's plays, Aliki has created a five-act masterpiece that is the definitive introduction to the playwright and his world.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Theater; England; London; History; 16th century; Juvenile literature.
Theaters; England; London; Reconstruction; Juvenile literature.
Authors, English.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Literary
Dewey: 792/.09421/09031
LCCN: BL 00016484
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 8.75" W x 0.25" (0.50 lbs) 48 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 25981
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q16122
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
From "Hamlet" to "Romeo and Juliet" to "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Shakespeare's celebrated works have touched people around the world.

Aliki combines literature, history, biography, archaeology, and architecture in this richly detailed and meticulously researched introduction to Shakespeare's world-his life in Elizabethan times, the theater world, and the Globe, for which he wrote his plays. Then she brings history full circle to the present-day reconstruction of the Globe theater.

Ages 8+

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 1999 #3)
From the table of contents, in which chapters are labeled as acts and scenes, to the additional material at the back, Aliki's enthusiasm and respect for her subject is in clear evidence. Relevant quotes from Shakespeare's plays are placed throughout the book, which provides a fine introduction to both bard and theater through a logically organized and engaging text, plenty of detailed illustrations with informative captions, and a clean design. Following her description of Shakespeare's life and death, Aliki brings readers into the present with an introduction to Sam Wanamaker, the American actor and director responsible for the rebuilding of the Globe Theatre in London. Wanamaker died in 1993, four years before the new Globe opened, but Aliki proposes that "he lives on in the Globe playhouse he dreamed for us, just as Will lives on in his immortal plays." All's well that ends well-an appropriate conclusion for both topic and audience. As with Shakespeare, there's something here for every mood: history, biography, theater, and architecture commingle, with comedy, tragedy, romance, and poetry playing bit parts. Appended are a list of Shakespeare's works, a chronology, and a surprising list of words and expressions (including horn-book!) said to be invented by Shakespeare. j.m.b. Copyright 1999 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1999 May #5)
William Shakespeare may get top billing in the title of this picture book, but the emphasis within is less certain. Aliki (Mummies Made in Egypt) doesn't investigate Shakespeare as a personality; dividing her work into five "acts," she focuses more on Elizabethan culture, dramatic conventions and living conditions, then shifts to Sam Wanamaker and the process of renovating the Globe in the 20th century. Aliki employs serviceable, almost pedestrian statements to convey the history, stretching occasionally toward cleverness. Of the open-ceilinged Globe, she comments, "When it rained, [the audience] knew it." The material on Wanamaker's restoration sheds light on the process by which the new Globe was built ("The first and only thatched roof in London since 1666"), although the character of Sam, with whom readers are meant to identify, remains bland. Pages are loaded with small panel illustrations of characters and historic figures in exaggerated poses. They capture a jolly theatrical spirit (nearly everyone in the quaint colored-pencil pictures wears a gentle smile), yet the many crowd scenes do not repay scrutiny. Unlike Diane Stanley's work in Bard of Avon, these pictures give only a broad idea of the historical context. Quotations from the bard populate the margins, and numerous appendixes provide facts. The wide range of information here makes this book a useful introduction to Elizabethan theater, despite its disparate themes and generalized pictures. All ages. (May) Copyright 1999 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1999 December)
Gr 3-6-This captivating biography introduces the real-life players and masterfully scripts historical events. Engaging illustrations and an impressive amount of information make this presentation a hit. (May) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1999 May)
Gr 3-6-While this is one of the most appealing and responsible biographies of Shakespeare for this audience since Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema's Bard of Avon (Morrow, 1992), it is also a history of the Globe of the 17th century and of the recently completed facsimile of the theater built through the persistent efforts of Sam Wanamaker, an American actor. On the title page, readers see a picture of a boy sitting under a portrait of Shakespeare, constructing a model of the Globe. Sam's story is related in "Act Five" (the book is divided into acts and scenes rather than chapters). With deft economy of words, Aliki covers a broad range of Elizabethan theater history in addition to Shakespeare's life. She sets out the scenes in Stratford and London, and discusses the basics of playhouse building, Marlowe, Jonson, Elizabeth I, James I, principal actors, the plague, and something of the plays without losing focus. Her lively cartoon illustrations, which would pair quite happily with Marcia Williams's Tales from Shakespeare (Candlewick, 1998), blend with more finished framed portraits, maps, playhouse designs, and scenes from London life to expand and explain the spare text, both in picture and caption. Pertinent quotations from the plays are set as grace notes outside the main text. Addenda include a list of plays and poems, sites to visit, and an intriguing sampler of words and expressions found in Shakespeare. A thoroughly enjoyable and reliable introduction to the Bard.-Sally Margolis, Barton Public Library, VT Copyright 1999 School Library Journal Reviews