Item description for William Shakespeare & the Globe (Trophy Picture Books) by Aliki...
Overview Tells the story of the well-known playwright, William Shakespeare, and of the famous Globe Theatre in which many of his works were performed.
From Hamlet to Romeo and Juliet to A Midsummer Night′s Dream, Shakespeare′s celebrated works have touched people around the world.
Aliki combines literature, history, biography, archaeology, and architecture in this richly detailed and meticulously researched introduction to Shakespeare′s world-his life in Elizabethan times, the theater world, and the Globe, for which he wrote his plays. Then she brings history full circle to the present-day reconstruction of the Globe theater.
Awards and Recognitions William Shakespeare & the Globe (Trophy Picture Books) by Aliki has received the following awards and recognitions -
South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award - 2001-2002 Nominee - Children's category
Citations And Professional Reviews William Shakespeare & the Globe (Trophy Picture Books) by Aliki has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 599
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 273
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2002 page 290
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 304
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 459
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 488
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 491
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 702
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.8" Width: 8.8" Height: 0.2" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Aug 8, 2000
Grade Level Grade School
ISBN 0064437221 ISBN13 9780064437226
Availability 0 units.
More About Aliki
Aliki is the well-loved author and illustrator of many best-selling picture books. Her books includeThe Gods and Goddesses of Olympus.
Reviews - What do customers think about William Shakespeare & the Globe (Trophy Picture Books)?
The Play's the Thing Apr 30, 2007
I bought this book for my 1st grader as an intro to Shakespeare. For my purposes this book contains too much extraneous information about Sam Wanamaker. His accomplishment of having the new Globe theatre built is amazing, but pales in comparison to Shakespeare's accomplishments, which I would rather hear about. We get to know details about "Will," but not anything about his plays except for some excellent representative drawings of representative characters. What my daughter has taken away from this book so far is that London Bridge really did fall down, Shakespeare died at age 52 and Marlowe at age 29, Cleopatra is associated with a snake, London had city walls, and Queen Elizabeth I came before the current queen, Elizabeth II. That's all useful foundation material, but we'll need another book to really sample Shakespeare.
Revenge Tragedy in Earlier Times of Theater. Jun 14, 2006
Using this pretty children's book about Shakespeare's theater of choice, I will give you some history this author failed in her effort to influence kids of all ages. The Globe Theater was the most famous of Elizabethean age and built on the south bank of the Thames River in 1599 by members of the Lord Chamberlain's Men. The nearby Rose Playhouse built by Philip Henslowe,was not as popular with the populace of London.
The Globe could hold between 2,000 to 3,000 spectators as most would be standing. In an 'aside', the actor would make a brief remark directly to the audience. Plays were performed in the afternoons, requiring no extra lighting. "Hell" was the trapdoor used by the entrances and exits of devils, monsters, or ghosts. "Heavens" were the machinery by which gods and goddesses were lowered to the stage below. There were no women on the Elizabethan stage as boys were used for their roles. In the reverse, we see Peter Pan as always a woman! Strange?
William Shakespeare began as an actor in London in the leading theatrical company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, and went on to write thirty-seven plays. He used soliloquy in his plays, which is a single character alone on stage speaking his thoughts in length directly to the spectators. In Drama Class at the old Central High School, we had to perform a soliloquy. I was a shy girl, only 14 then, but the one I chose was a favorite with the other class members. When I finished, they all yelled, "Go on." But, there was nothing else. Needless to say, I did not become an actress. But my husband was a college play director, and we were involved in every phase of putting on dramas of every kind, and sometimes comedies. We also attended plays in Nashville and Huntsville, Alabama. My three boys acted as children in their dad's plays.
Shakespeare's acting company first staged his 'Hamlet' in 1600 or 1601 at the Globe Theatre, when it was relatively new. It was called a "revenge tragedy," which includes a ghost calling for vengeance, and the revenger must always die. They also performed "mystery plays,' "morality plays,' and "miracle plays." Are there such things as real miracles? After the way I was verbally abused by a bus of ghetto people using racial slurs and outright threatening remarks (all the time the driver ignored, saying she could not hear anything!), I have lost my faith in the fellowman and think they should have lived in Shakespeare's time, and they would have been hanged by the tail like donkeys as that is what they were. They should be sent back to Africa.
The art in this little book is fantastic. It is worth the price just to look at the beautiful rendering of the Globe, a unique place to us Twentieth Century Americans.
Great Introduction to the Globe May 8, 2006
The presentation is clever. Aliki has organized her information into Acts, Scenes, and Asides, with Act Five being the work of Sam Wanamaker to recreate the Globe Theater. She has also laid out her prose text as if it were lines of poetry, furthering the playbook effect. I often checked the text to see if it was written in iambic pentameter (it isn't). The illustrations are lively and highly detailed.
The pages are very busy. Here are the contents of a typical page, from top to bottom: four lines from As You Like It; a drawing of Christopher Marlowe; an information box about the Rose Playhouse and builder Philip Henslowe's diaries; seven lines of text about the Admiral's Men and Marlowe; a drawing of three actors on a stage, surrounded by groundlings; the titles of sixteen Shakespeare plays superimposed in wavy lines over the drawing of the actors; a caption beneath; and a line from The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Aliki's efforts to squeeze as much as possible into this book sometimes become distracting. All of the illustrations have their own text boxes, with additional information provided in up to five sentences. Readers may have to keep backtracking in order to follow the narrative, and I sometimes wonder if texts like this are the best way to format nonfiction material.
An incredible book! Mar 10, 2001
Book Review: William Shakespeare & the Globe By: Aliki
This book has been honored with many awards for good reason. With pictures, a sprinkle of quotes from several of Shakespeare's own plays, and many historical references make this book is a very interesting layout of William Shakespeare's life and times. The book chronicles the theatre world in Shakespeare's time and his involvement in it all,and the building and rebuilding of the famous Globe theatre (even up to its rebirth in 1987!). The book shows the various phases of William's life in "Acts" just like his famous plays. The book even discusses the many words and phrases that he invented that we still use today. It ends with a look at Sam Wanamaker and Theo Crosby's vision of recreating The Globe and how they went about creating this wonderful restoration.
A book that captures the reader's attention visually and with its easily read text. I am, as a teacher of 7th grade English, very impressed by this book, and can't wait to share it with my classes.
The Best Shakespeare Book Around Feb 24, 2001
This book was the best Shakespeare book i've read. It had great facts and pictures for my Shakespeare roport. Now i read it for great enjoyment. It not only tells the story of Shakespeare but the story of Sam Wanamaker who had a dream to rebuild Shakespeare's Globe Theather. This was the best shakespeare book around, i bet you will enjoy it