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William Shakespeare and the Globe

by  Aliki

Published by HarperCollins, 1999
48 pages
ISBN: 0-06-027821-8

Ages 8 - 12

This is the story of Will Shakespeare and the Globe - and the dream of a boy of our own time." Sooner or later just about everyone learns the name of "one of the greatest storytellers who ever lived." Very few young people - or adults - familiar with that name have actually been able to grasp the interconnection of random facts about Shakespeare with information about Elizabethan times, London places, actors and the playhouses where they performed. Aliki provides contexts on several visual and written levels within which to enjoy biographical facts about the Bard through lively prose and meticulously executed drawings and paintings. Some of the visual images are linear, designed almost like those in a comic book; others range from portraiture, to recreations of photographs and maps, to renditions of characters from the plays. At one point in the book, readers learning about the way the new Globe was constructed might be reminded of David Macaulay's early dissections of how buildings are created. Readers do not become confused within the "acts" and "scenes" around which Aliki organized her material. Sam Wanamaker's late-20th century campaign to rebuild the original Globe playhouse and the serendipitous excavation of the nearby original site of the former Rose playhouse offer another level of vitality to the book, encouraging future travelers to understand London from that perspective. A fresh, sometimes amusing, always intriguing look at William Shakespeare and Sam Wanamaker - two men of widely different centuries and lives - but each with rare genius. Aliki's tribute to them both is certain to become a family classic. CCBC categories: The Arts; Biography/Autobiography; Historical People, Places and Events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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