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Edited by Philip Page and Marilyn Pettit, Illustrated by Philip Page - All books by this author

Picture This! Shakespeare - All books in this series

Perhaps the most famous of all romantic tragedies, this is the tale of two young star-crossed lovers and their families, who are caught in a destructive web of hatred. Shakespeare’s immortal dramas are now available in illustrated form for classroom use! This revolutionary way of introducing the timeless comedies and tragedies of the Bard of Avon combines the art form of the graphic novel with extensive written passages taken directly from Shakespeare’s texts. Children first studying Shakespeare are sometimes intimidated by the difficulty of his language. They will often miss the excitement and suspense in his story lines and the fascination of the wonderful characters he has created. Approaching his plays in the form of graphic-novel-style picture stories, supplemented with excerpts from the original dialogue, can be a young student’s important first step in truly understanding and appreciating Shakespeare’s masterpieces. Preceding the action of each play, these books offer brief summaries explaining what the play is all about, followed by illustrated casts of characters, each character shown with a brief descriptive caption. Supplementing each title in this series is a comprehensive teacher’s guide that suggests topics for classroom discussion and advises on imaginative activities that fit the classroom environment and coincide with the five acts of each play.

From the reviews:
“I am really trying to push my 8th graders into classics and think these will really help them see classics as accessible and applicable to their lives. I feel like other teachers and parents could benefit from taking a look at the series. A student of mine brought in a copy of your Picture This! Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet and I was extremely impressed with it. Thank you for publishing a graphic novel that truly incorporates the elements of a classic novel- it is an excellent bridge text for my students and is exactly what we need!”
—Rebecca Dunlap, Briarmeadow Charter School, 7th & 8th Grade Pr-Ap English, September 2009

“… a good alternative for students reading the tragedy to themselves for the first time. Other titles in the new series…prove the series as a reliable new approach to introducing Shakespeare; characters are nicely individualized, and the texts read smoothly on both the illustrated and the traditionally presented text pages.”
Booklist, March 15, 2005

"These books are a great introduction to reading plays and create a manageable presentation of a tough genre and subject for high school students." Highly Recommended
LMC Library Media Connection, Jan. 2006

Paperback / 64 Pages / 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 / 2005


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