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As You Like It

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: AS YOU LIKE IT (found in Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare)

Author: William Shakespeare/Charles and Mary Lamb

Publisher: Dover Publications/Penguin Classics

Number of pages: 96/304

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction, Play

Age: 8+

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/You-Like-Dover-Thrift-Editions/dp/0486404323?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0; https://www.laternabooks.com/laterna_product_details.php?v=17883&c=111; free download here (unabridged version for older readers): http://shakespeare.mit.edu/asyoulikeit/full.html

Price: $3.00; N1500

MY SUMMARY

A rich Athenian dies, leaving behind two sons, Oliver and Orlando. Oliver inherits the father’s wealth, maltreats his younger brother and eventually tries to kill him in a wrestling match. Orlando wins the match much to Oliver’s chagrin, and he catches the eye of Rosalind, a local maiden. The two immediately fall in love. However, Orlando discovers that Oliver plans to burn him and his house and escapes to the Forest of Arden where he meets Duke Senior.

Duke Senior, Rosalind’s father having lost his lands and title to his sneaky younger brother Frederick has been living in exile in the forest of Arden. His daughter, Rosalind however lives with the wicked brother and his daughter Celia who incidentally is Rosalind’s best friend.

One day, Duke Frederick decides that Rosalind has become a threat to his daughter, so he throws her out of his court. Rosalind and Celia take to the Forest of Arden as well (it really seems to be a place of refuge for everyone). Rosalind disguises as a young man, Ganymede, to ward of thieves and the likes while Celia disguises as his sister. There they eventually meet Orlando and Duke Senior. Ganymede becomes Orlando’s friend and teaches him how to woo the love of his life (herself in disguise) while trying to ward off the advances of a lady in the same forest. Read the book to find out the drama that unfolds!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Shakespeare had a thing for romantic comedies and this is one of them. With a heartwarming love story and some funny characters, it’s the perfect holiday read for the little bookworm who loves Shakespeare. Like other plays of this nature there are at least three couples/weddings at the end of the play. Guaranteed to make you smile, laugh and marvel at human nature. I recommend for all the members of the family.

DOWN: None

RATING

4.5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. What Oliver does as soon as their father dies? He stops paying for Orlando’s education, treats him like a servant and eventually tries to kill him.
  2. What Oliver does after his second plan to kill Orlando fails? He decides to try a third time so he follows Orlando to the forest of Arden with the intent to kill him there.
  3. Rosalind discovers this to be one of the major consequences of wearing a disguise: A local shepherdess Phoebe falls in love with her believing her to a boy!
  4. Why did Duke Frederick eject Rosalind from his court? Because he felt she was getting more popular than his daughter Celia
  5. Who is Ganymede? Rosalind, dressed as a boy.
  6. How does Ganymede help Orlando? He teaches him how to be a good suitor/husband to Rosalind, i.e. how to woo her.

Visit William Shakespeare here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com

Read the book here; http://shakespeare.mit.edu/asyoulikeit/full.html

CHALLENGE: As You Like It

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Imagine waking up and realizing that you were lost as a child and you’re really a Prince/Princess, then write a short 600-word story describing life as a prince/princess

OR

  1. Write a 100-word short poem about jealousy.

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, June 6th 2016.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Title: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Number of pages: 64

Type of Book: Fiction, Classic, Play

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/a-midsummer-nights-dream-young-reading-series-2/; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Midsummer-Nights-Dream-Usborne-readers/dp/0746063334/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464543391&sr=1-2&keywords=a+midsummer+nights+dream+usborne;  Free Download here: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/midsummer/full.html

Price: N580; 4.99GBP

MY SUMMARY

This play has four interconnecting plots/stories.

  1. The Duke of Athens, Theseus is about to marry the Amazon Queen, Hippolyta whom he has just conquered in battle. He orders four days of festivities to celebrate his impending marriage.
  2. Hermia, daughter of Egeus, an Athenian, refuses to marry Demetrius (against her father’s wishes) because she loves Lysander. Egeus asks the Duke to sentence her to death, based on an ancient Athenian law that requires a daughter to marry a suitor approved by her father or face death. Meanwhile, Helena, Hermia’s friend loves Demetrius. So basically, Helena loves Demetrius who loves Hermia who loves Lysander (Yes, Shakespeare has a thing for love triangles, rectangles and all)
  3. Oberon, the King of Fairies wants to take his wife Titania’s ward as a page but Titania refuses. Angry, he puts a magic potion (juice from a flower) on her eyes to make her fall in love with the first creature she sees when she wakes up. His plan: watch her fall in love with an animal in the forest and then shame her into giving him the young boy.
  4. A group of actors, the Mechanicals, is contracted to perform a play during the Duke’s wedding however, they do not know the first thing about acting so they retire to the forest to practice.

The play is set in the enchanted forest. After the Duke Theseus rules that Hermia must marry Demetrius, face death or become a nun, she decides to elope with Lysander and they find their way to the enchanted forest. Helena learns of this plan and tells Demetrius who gives chase. Helena in turn runs after Demetrius. Oberon spies Helena running after Demetrius and feeling pity for her decides to give Demetrius the magic juice from the flower to make him fall in love with Helena. He enlists the help of Puck a mischievous fairy who mistakenly puts the juice on Lysander’s eyes. Lysander wakes up to see Helena and promptly falls in love with her. An enraged Oberon attempts to correct Puck’s mistake, so the juice is administered on Demetrius who also falls in love with Helena. Of course chaos erupts as suddenly both men who entered the forest loving Hermia now love Helena. Meanwhile, the same mischievous Puck, turns the head of one of the Mechanicals, Bottom, into a donkey’s head causing his fellow actors to abandon him. Queen Titania, wakes up after the juice has been spread over her eyes and falls in love with Bottom. J

Read the story to find out how all fours stories/plots were resolved.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! Puck, the mischievous, was the major highlight. He made this book fun and made me laugh out loud a couple of times. Watch out especially for the part where Queen Titania wakes up and starts professing undying love to Bottom, the donkey-headed man! I loved this story a lot as a child (even though it took a while for me to GET it!) This book however, is much better than the one I read as a child. It is easy to read and not as long.

DOWN: It may be a tad confusing for 4-6 year olds because of the interconnecting plots plus the fact that the play seems to be riddled with characters.

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read the story here (the original version): http://shakespeare.mit.edu/midsummer/full.html
  2. Visit William Shakespeare here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com

CHALLENGE: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

1. Read the information above, then answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)

  • This little person caused a lot of trouble in this story?
  • Is there a play-within-a play in this story?
  • Who is Oberon?

OR

2. Draw and colour a man with a donkey’s head (4-5 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Thursday, June 2nd 2015.

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A Winter’s Tale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: A Winter’s Tale (found in Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare)

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Dover Publications/Penguin Classics

Number of pages: 112/304

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction, Play

Age: 8+

Buy it here: https://www.laternabooks.com/laterna_product_details.php?v=17883&c=111; http://www.amazon.com/Winters-Tale-Dover-Thrift-Editions/dp/0486411184 ; free download here (unabridged version for older readers): http://shakespeare.mit.edu/winters_tale/full.html

Price: N1500; $3.00; 7.99 GBP

MY SUMMARY

A tale of woes really. The King Leontes of Sicily, in a fit of jealousy imprisons his pregnant wife and tries to poison his friend, King Polixenes of Bohemia because he believes the two are having an affair. His friend escapes however the wife doesn’t. She gives birth to a little girl, Perdita while in prison and dies shortly afterwards during her public trial. Her first son dies during this trial as well. Meanwhile, King Leontes, believing Perdita to be a product of the suspected affair abandons the child. She ends up in Bohemia and is found and raised by a shepherd. Sixteen years later, she meets and falls in love with the only son of King Polixenes, Prince Florizel. Florizel loves Perdita but Polixenes doesn’t approve of this union because they all think Perdita is a commoner and so the lovebirds decide to run away, to Sicily! Read the book to find out how the King Leontes is reunited with his long lost daughter and to see the unexpected but very happy twist at the end of the book!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It evoked a lot of feelings from me. It’s funny and sad at the same time. I remember heaving a sigh of relief after reading this story some 20 years ago.  Great ending. I recommend for all the members of the family.

DOWN: None

RATING

4.5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Why did King Leontes try to poison King Polixenes? Because he thought Polixenes was having an affair with his wife.
  2. This person falls in love with Perdita but is forbidden to marry her by his father? Prince Florizel, the son of King Polixenes.
  3. Who is Antigonus and what became of him? King Leontes’ servant. He was charged with the task of getting rid of Perdita. A bear ate him.
  4. Apollo’s Oracle had this message for King Leontes: You will not have an heir until you find your daughter, Perdita.
  5. What is the origin of the name, Perdita?! It’s a Latin word meaning LOST.

Visit William Shakespeare here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com

Read the book here: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/winters_tale/full.html

CHALLENGE: A Winter’s Tale

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Imagine waking up and realizing that you were lost as a child and you’re really a Prince/Princess, then write a short 600-word story describing life as a prince/princess

OR

  1. Write a 100-word short poem about jealousy.

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, May 29th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare

 

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Twelfth Night

Title: Twelfth Night

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Number of pages: 64

Type of Book: Fiction, Classic, Play

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/twelfth-night-young-reading-series-2/; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Twelfth-Night-Young-Reading-Two/dp/0746099002; Free Download here: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/twelfth_night/full.html

Price: N580; 4.99GBP

MY SUMMARY

Yet another play featuring a shipwreck, twins and a comic case of mistaken identity. Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are lost at sea after a shipwreck. Viola lands at Illyria and disguised as a boy (Cesario) goes to work for and falls in love with Duke Orsino. The Duke meanwhile is madly in love with the Countess Olivia and sends his trusted servant Cesario (Viola) to woo her on his behalf. In an interesting turn of events, the Countess falls in love with Cesario (Viola). Read the book to see how this love triangle is resolved and the chaos that ensues when Sebastian shows up at Duke Orsino’s court!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! As usual, the case of mistaken identity caused by identical twins makes for hearty laughter. The characters made this book a delightful read. The major highlight was Viola. Her asides were entertaining. The love-struck Duke Orsino was a highlight too. His silliness was comical. I recommend for all the members of the family.

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This play is also called What You Will
  2. It was named after a Christian holiday/festival, the Twelfth Night.
  3. It was first performed on the twelfth night of Christmas, the end of the Christmas season, in either 1601/1602[1]

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read the story here (the original version): http://shakespeare.mit.edu/twelfth_night/full.html
  2. Visit William Shakespeare here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com

CHALLENGE: Twelfth Night

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

1. Read the information above, then answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)

  1. Who is Cesario?
  2. How are Viola and her brother separated?
  3. This play is also called ………. ?

OR

2. Draw and colour identical twins (a boy and a girl) (4-5 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Thursday, May 26th 2015.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare

 

 

 

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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelfth_Night

Twelfth Night

Title: Twelfth Night

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Oxford /Barron’s Educational Series

Number of pages: 248

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction, Play

Age: 8+

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/shakespeare-made-easy-twelfth-night/; http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0812036042/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0812036042&linkCode=as2&tag=shakespearmadeea&linkId=BMMVT7LQHMDWJHSK;  free download here (unabridged version for older readers): http://shakespeare.mit.edu/twelfth_night/full.html

Price: N1440; $6.99

MY SUMMARY

Yet another play featuring a shipwreck, twins and a comic case of mistaken identity. Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are lost at sea after a shipwreck. Viola lands at Illyria and disguised as a boy (Cesario) goes to work for and falls in love with Duke Orsino. The Duke meanwhile is madly in love with the Countess Olivia and sends his trusted servant Cesario (Viola) to woo her on his behalf. In an interesting turn of events, the Countess falls in love with Cesario (Viola) creating a comic love triangle. Read the book to see how this love triangle is resolved and the chaos that ensues when Sebastian shows up at Duke Orsino’s court!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! As usual, the case of mistaken identity caused by identical twins made for hearty laughter. The characters made this book a delightful read. The major highlight was Viola. Her asides were entertaining. The love-struck Duke Orsino was a highlight too. His silliness was comical. A noteworthy feature of this book is the use of simple, modern English (instead of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan English) thus making it an easy read for young readers. Again, I recommend for all the members of the family.

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars

 TRIVIA

  1. There was a love ‘triangle’ in this play? Viola loved Duke Orsino who loved Olivia who loved Viola (Cesario).
  2. Who was Cesario? Viola dressed as a boy.
  3. Why was the Countess Olivia uninterested in the Duke’s affection/suit? Because she had lost her father and brother and was determined to mourn for 7 years!
  4. This person wore yellow stockings cross, was rude to the servants and smiled like a fool at Olivia because he believed Olivia had written a love letter to him. Malvolio, Olivia’s annoying and pompous steward
  5. Who wrote the love letter in No. 4 and who conspired with her? Maria, Olivia’s servant; Sir Toby, Olivia’s drunken uncle; his friend Sir Andrew, and Feste, Olivia’s clown.
  6. Why was this play written? As entertainment for the Twelfth night of Christmas (the end of the Christmas season) in either 1601/1602[1]

Visit William Shakespeare here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com

CHALLENGE: Twelfth Night

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a 600-word essay on love triangles. (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Write a 1000-word essay on the Twelve days of Christmas (10-12 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, May 22nd  2016.

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A WINTER’S TALE by William Shakespeare

 

 

 

 

 

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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelfth_Night

 

The Taming of the Shrew

Title: The Taming of the Shrew

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Number of pages: 238

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction; Play

Age: 8+

Buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Taming-Shrew-Folger-Shakespeare-Library/dp/074347757X; free download here (unabridged version for older readers): http://www.hatrack.com/osc/other/tamingoftheshrew/tamingoftheshrew.pdf 

Price: $3:87

MY SUMMARY

This book contains a play-within-a-play. I’ll explain.

The First Play: The story started with a drunken man, Sly. After quarreling at a local tavern, he passed out on the ground. A Lord and his servants picked him and decided to play a prank on him. They bathed him, clothed him in finery and placed him in the Lord’s finest room. When he woke the next day, they convinced him that he was a wealthy lord with a pretty wife. Then a group of actors was enlisted to perform for him.

The Second Play: Minola, a wealthy Italian Lord had two daughters, one, a vicious loud-mouthed number called Kate; the other, a fair, genteel lady, called Bianca. Naturally, Bianca had more suitors than her sister who had no wish to marry. Minola (scared that he’d be stuck with Kate forever) decided that Kate must be wed before Bianca. Bianca’s suitors undeterred, resolved to find a man brave enough to marry Kate. They finally found and paid a young man, Petruchio, (he wanted a rich wife), to marry Kate and they continued their pursuit of Bianca. Meanwhile, Petruchio somehow managed not only to marry Kate but to turn her into an even-tempered person by becoming an even bigger shrew than she was! Read the book to find out how Petruchio tamed the shrew and how Lucentio outwitted his rivals and won Bianca’s hand in marriage!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: I loved this book as a child! Well, to be honest, I loved (and still love) all Shakespeare’s comedies. You won’t catch me dead reading Macbeth, Hamlet or Othello. I laughed my head off while reading this, and I recommend for all the members of the family. The major highlight was Petruchio. I laughed till I cried while reading all the things he did to shock poor Kate into becoming a nicer, calmer person.

DOWN: As with all Shakespeare’s books, the unabridged version might be a bit much for children. 

RATING

5 Stars 

TRIVIA

  1. Why did the Lord decide to trick poor Sly? To teach him a lesson
  2. Who was the shrew? Kate, Minola’s first daughter and Bianca’s older sister.
  3. Who tamed the shrew? Petruchio, her husband.
  4. How many suitors did Bianca have? Hortensio, Gremio and Lucentio.
  5. Minola vowed to give his daughter Bianca away on one condition? His first daughter, Kate the vicious shrew, had to find a husband first.
  6. How did Lucentio try to win Bianca’s love? He conned his way into Minola’s home by pretending to be Bianca’s Latin teacher! 

Visit William Shakespeare here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com

 CHALLENGE: The Taming of the Shrew

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a story within a story. (600 words) (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Write a 1000-word story titled ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ (10-12 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, May 15th 2016.

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TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare

 

 

 

 

The Tempest

The-Tempest-303x450Title: The Tempest

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Number of pages: 48

Type of Book: Fiction Classic

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/the-tempest-young-reading-series-2/; http://www.amazon.com/Tempest-Young-Reading-Two/dp/140950672X; Free Download here: http://sparks.eserver.org/books/shakespeare-tempest.pdf

Price: N580; $7.58

MY SUMMARY

A play of treachery, romance and the triumph of good over evil. There are three plots to usurp in this play. The first is mildly successful. 1. Prospero, the Duke of Milan loses his dukedom to his brother Antonio with the help of the King, Alonso. The second and third are not. 2. Antonio and Sebastian, King Alonso’s brother plan to kill the latter so that Sebastian can become king. 3. Some of the King’s and Prospero’s servants plan to kill Prospero to take over his island. Prospero who doubles as a sorcerer causes a magical storm and shipwreck which brings Antonio, Sebastian, Alonso and his son Ferdinand, and some Lords to the desert island where he has lived for over a decade (since his brother took his dukedom). Here he contrives to use magic to scare them into repentance. Read the book to find out how Prospero regains his beloved Dukedom and how his daughter Miranda marries the Prince.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It’s a heartwarming romantic comedy that lives you with a good feeling long after you’ve put the book down. The major highlight for me was Prospero!

DOWN: None

RATING

4.5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This play was written in the 15th century!
  2. It was one of the last set of plays written by Shakespeare. (It is thought by many to be the last play he wrote)
  3. The epilogue by Prospero is believed to be Shakespeare’s way of saying goodbye to writing and his readers!

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read the story here (the original version): http://sparks.eserver.org/books/shakespeare-tempest.pdf

CHALLENGE: The Tempest

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

A. Read the summary above, then answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)

  1. How many children does Prospero have?
  2. What are the names of Prospero’s and the King’s children?
  3. How did Prospero bring his brother Antonio and King Alonso to his island?

OR

B. Draw and colour a magician and a sinking ship (4-5 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Friday, May 13th 2015.

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TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare

 

 

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The Merchant of Venice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: The Merchant of Venice

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster/Penguin

Number of pages: 238/240

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction

Age: 8+

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/shakespeare-made-easy-the-merchant-of-venice/ ; http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743477561/ref=s9_simh_gw_g14_i1_r?ie=UTF8&fpl=fresh&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=1GK4W5GM4C1NZ7RVSYSQ&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2437869742&pf_rd_i=desktop; http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0141013958/ref=sr_1_4?p=S02G&keywords=the+merchant+of+venice+penguin&ie=UTF8&qid=1462364686;

free download here (unabridged version for older readers): http://uppcolleges.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/merchant_of_venice_12.pdf

Price: N1440; $3:87;  $5:00

MY SUMMARY

This story features two friends Bassanio and Antonio who borrow money from a shrewd Jewish moneylender called Shylock. Bassanio is the happy-go-lucky kind, he has fallen in love with an heiress, Portia and needs the money to woo her. Antonio is a wealthy Venetian Christian merchant with a healthy dislike for Jews. His ships however are at sea so he is forced to borrow money from a Jew to fund Bassanio’s trip. The friends promise Shylock a pound of Antonio’s flesh if the debt is unpaid by the date set by Shylock! Things go wrong when Bassonio, after successfully wooing Portia hears that Antonio’s ships were lost at sea and Shylock, having lost his daughter to a Christian and knowing of Antonio’s dislike for Jews wanted his pound of flesh. Read the book to find out how the friends escape Shylock’s clutches, if they do.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: I loved this book as a child! Once upon a time, it was my favourite book in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD! And if, like me, you were born in the 80s, then you read ‘Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare!’ J I recommend for everyone, old and young alike. Do you want to know much I loved it? Look at TRIVIA No. 6.

DOWN: As with all Shakespeare’s books, the unabridged version might be a bit much for children.

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. How much did Bassanio and Antonio borrow from Shylock? 3000 gold coins (ducats)
  2. What happens to Shylock’s daughter Jessica? She steals a lot of money from her father and runs away from home with Lorenzo, a Christian.
  3. How does Portia’s father choose a husband for her? He sets up a test with three caskets. Whomever chooses the right casket wins her hand in marriage.
  4. What happens when a suitor fails the test? Not only will he not win Portia’s hand in marriage but he will not be able to marry anyone else for the rest of his life!
  5. Who is the young brilliant lawyer, Balthazar who defends Antonio in court? Portia, dressed as a man.
  6. I have 5 names and I got one of them (at age 10) from this book. What is that name? Nerissa

Visit William Shakespeare here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com 

CHALLENGE: The Merchant of Venice

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a 600-word essay on contemporary moneylenders (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Write a 600-word essay on contemporary moneylenders AND Read the summary and write your own ending for this story. (600 words) (10-12 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, May 8th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW by William Shakespeare

 

 

 

Events this Month (April)

Dear Pint-sized Bookworms,

A million and one things have happened in the world of children’s books in the past two weeks. Find a brief summary below.

1. APRIL 23RD

 April 23rd 2016 was

  • World Book Day
  • The 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare

A. WORLD BOOK DAY

World Book Day is a day set aside by UNESCO for celebrating books and reading for children. To commemorate World Book Day, we will give away 3 books to the three lucky winners.

0 – 4 years

The Preschool Alphabet Book by Noma Sodipo or ABC by Dr. Seuss

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4 – 8 years

No Bread for Eze and No School for Eze by Ifeoma Onyefulu or The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen

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8-12 years

Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okoroafor or How to Build Your Own Country by Valerie Wyatt

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 To enter:  

Scroll down our post list, read the review for the book you want to win and answer the challenge question. Answers must be received before 12am on Saturday May 7th, 2016.

B. SHAKESPEARE’S ANNIVERSARY

Born on April 23rd 1564, Shakespeare is arguably the best English playwright ! He wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets before he died 52 years later on April 23rd 1616. (Yes!! He died on his birthday!) In honour of Shakespeare, this month (May), we will review 8 books by Shakespeare.

2. NEW RELEASE

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney

Greg Heffley is Back! The newest addition to the Wimpy kid series will be available to the public on the 1st of November, 2016, that’s 01 -11 -16! Preorder your copy here.

3.  PBW READING CLUB

Our Reading Club will take off this month! More information coming soon …

TNT,

Ugo 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Comedy of Errors

Title: The Comedy of Errors

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Number of pages: 272

Type of Book: Classic, Fiction

Age: 8+

Buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Comedy-Errors-Folger-Shakespeare-Library/dp/0743484886/ref=tmm_mmp_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= ; free download here (unabridged version for older readers): http://www.pubwire.com/DownloadDocs/PDFiles/SHAKESPR/COMEDY/COMEDYOF.PDF

Price: $5:99

MY SUMMARY

This story is one of mistaken identity and as is common with stories of this nature, what follows is chaos for the characters and laughter for the readers. One fateful night, two women gave birth to a set of identical twin boys each. The first woman was a wealthy merchant’s wife from Syracuse, the other, a poor woman. The latter sold her twins as servants to the former’s twins. Shortly after, the merchant and his family were caught in a storm at sea; the wife and a set of twins (one son and one servant) was lost. Distraught, the merchant named the surviving boys after the lost boys. Many years later, both boys (Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus) and their servants (Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus) happened to be in the town of Ephesus at the same time. This led to mass confusion, a lot of beatings, some arrests, an almost exorcism and riotous laughter!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! It lives up to its title. Most stories featuring identical twins are filled with laughter, this one features two sets of identical twins so its twice as much fun! I recommend for all the members of the family.

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. The story is set in the city of Ephesus
  2. Egeon, (the father of the twins) must do this to avoid being executed the next day? Give a thousand marks to the Duke of Ephesus.
  3. While dining in his brother’s house, (he’s mistaken for his brother) Antipholus of E does this: he woos his brother’s wife’s sister!
  4. Antipholus of Ephesus suffers this as a result of the mix-up: He’s locked out of his own house
  5. His wife thinks he has gone mad and begs an exorcist to cure him.
  6. He’s accused of refusal to pay a debt and he’s locked up in prison.

Visit William Shakespeare here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com

Watch the play here:

CHALLENGE: The Comedy of Errors

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a 600-word comedy of errors. (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Write a 1000-word comedy of errors (10-12 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, May 1st  2016.

Next Book of the Week:

MERCHANT OF VERNICE by William Shakespeare