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After taking her children to visit Shakespeare’s house, E. Nesbit – one of the greatest of children’s novelists – was faced with a conundrum:
“I can’t understand a word of it,” said Iris.
“And you said it was so beautiful,” Rosamund added, reproachfully. “What does it all mean?”
“Yes,” Iris went on, “you said it was a fairy tale, and we’ve read three pages, and there’s nothing about fairies, not even a dwarf, or a fairy god mother.”
“And what does ‘misgraffed’ mean?”
“and ‘vantage,’ and ‘austerity,’ and ‘belike,’ and ‘edict,’ and—“
“stop, stop,” I cried; I will tell you the story.”
And she did, eventually publishing her retellings of 20 of Shakespeare’s plays, of which we have included ten.
We have selected for each play images from such great illustrators as Walter Crane, Charles Folkard, Lewis Rhead, Charles Robinson W. Heath Robinson, and Hugh Thomson and, of course, Arthur Rackham.
Though less well known than Charles and Mary Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare, E. Nesbit’s retellings of these plays are concise and straightforward, yet retain the magic of the Bard’s language. The Green Tiger’s Illustrated Shakespeare will make a delightful introduction to this essential body of literature.
Nine of William Shakespeare's best loved plays are retold by classic bestselling children's book author Edith Nesbit in language accessible and pleasing to children as young as five. The book is richly illustrated from Laughing Elephant's renowned collection of old picture books by celebrated authors and illustrators. Included are: A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Tempest, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona, All's Well That Ends Well, The Comedy of Errors, and The Taming of the Shrew.
Nine of William Shakespeare's best loved plays are retold by author Benjamin Darling in language accessible and pleasing to children as young as five. The book is richly illustrated from Laughing Elephant's renowned collection of old picture books illustrators. Included are Arthur Rackham, Charles Robinson, Paul Woodroffe, Hugh Thomson, et al.
E.Nesbit, one of the great children’s novelists, relates in the introduction to this book how she and her children had visited Shakespeare’s home and how the children came away anxious to know the work of this great author. When they tried to read the plays they were baffled by the language and the complexities of the stories. She offered to tell them the stories in a simple way. First she told them A Midsummer Nights Dream. They loved it so much they urged her to make a book out of her retellings, and she did.
About the Author
William Shakespeare lived between 1552-1616, but his work endures and is enjoyed the world over.Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was one of the most respected and popular artists of children's literature in the twentieth century. He has contributed to over 50 titles, including Grimm's Fairy Tales, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, and Rip Van Winkle, the bo
Table of Contents
• Foreword• Introduction
• As You Like It
• The Comedy of Errors
• The Merchant of Venice
• A Midsummer Night's Dream
• Much Ado About Nothing
• Romeo and Juliet
• The Taming of the Shrew
• The Tempest
• Twelfth Night