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Macbeth - Graphic Shakespeare


 
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Grade Levels: Reading level: 4th-5th; Interest: 4th-adult

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Macbeth

After encountering three witches, the warrior Macbeth waits to see if their predictions come true. Stung by ambition, his conniving wife persuades Macbeth that the fastest way to fulfill the prophecy is to murder the king, which sets off a disastrous chain of events. As the tragedy unfolds, Macbeth's decisions lead to more ruin. He returns to the witches and believes that his future is secure - but is he interpreting the premonitions correctly?

Shakespeare plays

Since my introduction to Dick and Jane books I have been a voracious reader of nearly anything in print. However, Shakespeare and I just never clicked. Maybe you have a child like me, whose aversion to the well-respected bard has you on the fence. Should you force the issue, as most government schools do? Or should you drop it from your curriculum and have your child experience cultural ignorance?

Whether you view the study of Shakespeare with delight or dread, he is a literary icon; references to his works are everywhere, from advertising to sermons, and we do our children a disservice if we ignore his impact. If you have a child who groans at the thought of Macbeth, you may find a whole different attitude when you present your child with these graphic versions of Shakespeare's works. Obviously these books are condensed, but they have retained enough key phrases and quotations from the originals that your child will have more than a nodding acquaintance with each celebrated play.

While the reading level is for grades four and above, please keep in mind that Shakespeare's plays are pictures of humanity both at its very worst as well as its very best, delving into issues of romance, deceit, tragedy, and revenge.

Please note, as is customary for this time period, the women tend to favor plunging necklines. While immodest by our standards, we have seen far worse walking through our local big box store. Still, in our household, books like these typically receive a touch of whiteout before being released to the family bookshelf. What is lost in authenticity is gained in piety.
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  • Four-Color dramatic covers
  • Character map
  • Literary masterpieces made easy and interesting
  • Teaches and reviews literary and language skills


    Author: William Shakespeare
    Pages: 63
    Binding: Paperback
    Copyright: 2006
    ISBN: 9781599051499
    Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing

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    What a Find! December 27, 2010
    Reviewer: Tacy Rutherford from Reading, PA United States  
    As a literature major in college, I developed quite the affinity for The Bard. However, I have never agreed with the notion that Shakespeare plays should be read as they were written to be performed. But managing to take all eight children to regularly see Shakespeare has been challenging.

    While we  do enjoy DVDs of his plays in theatrical form from the library, it was the Graphic Novels that really brought an appreciation of Shakespeare into our home. The illustrations are engaging, several of the more famous lines from each play are quoted, and the cast of characters before the story begins is incredibly helpful. Several of our children are visual learners, which has made these graphic novels even more valuable.

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