"The reader becomes enchantingly captured by this suspenseful Shakespearean tragedy."
Hamlet takes place in the early seventeenth century, at the royal castle in Elsinore, Denmark. The theme of the story, revenge, becomes Prince Hamlet's obsession. His split personality - one of warm, poetic sensitivity, the other, cruel madness - hypnotizes the reader. Other immortal characters, such as Claudius, Gertrude, Polonius, Horatio, and Ophelia, are just a few of the multitude of Shakespeare's unforgettable characterizations.
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