Thursday, April 22, 2010
23rd April William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
I often get requests from parents about reading Shakespeare to or with their young children. While I have mixed feelings about starting too young and putting children off or about reading versions in modern English, I have had to get over that because parents were doing it anyway. So now I keep picture book versions of some of the stories and the small 'reader' type versions from Orchard and Usborne. The Orchard books by Andrew Matthews and Tony Ross have been around longer and they have been a big success. They make Shakespeare's stories accessible to children as young as seven or eight. The library's copy of the Usborne Midsummer Night's Dream though, is probably the most popular of the lot!