A Storyteller's Version of Shakespeare for Kids

A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Taming of the Shrew
Author(s): 
Shakespeare as told by Jim Weiss
ISBN: 
1 882 513 401
Copyright: 
2000
Publisher: 
Greathall Productions
Grade / Age level: 
Resource Type: 
Review: 

I love Melissa Wiley's quote on Jim Weiss' website: "Suddenly I understand. My four-year-old is narrating Shakespeare...Thank you, Jim Weiss!" (www.melissawiley.net)

My teenagers have fond memories of doing just that-- listening and quoting Shakespeare in early elementary school. I asked my 16 year old before I wrote this review and his opinion was that this CD offers the usual Jim Weiss traits: high quality adaptations, great storytelling voice, well done character voices.

The stories in this CD--A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Taming of the Shrew-- are neither over simplified or obscure for younger children. Jim Weiss is successful at opening up the world of Shakespeare at an early age and gives them the cultural references that will aid children in their studies until they are ready to tackle Shakespeare!

Additional notes: 

Jim Weiss also has produced a version of Romeo and Juliet.

Review Date: 
1-21-2009
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