Remembering William Shakespeare & Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare Book Review

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed.
Courtesy of 
National Portrait Gallery, London. (Wikipedia)
William Shakespeare was one of the most brilliant men that ever lived. And on this day, four hundred years ago, he died. He was 52 years old and died of a fever. Quite possibly typhoid. Now, I am in no way an expert on Shakespeare's life, (Although I watched a rather fascinating show on PBS called Shakespeare's Tomb.) but I wanted to honor his memory today. While his works are known and performed throughout the world, there is not much known about his personal life. In April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, WarwickshireEngland, William Shakespeare was
born to a leather merchant. The exact date of his birth is unknown, however, he was baptized on the 26th and is believed that he may have been born on the 23rd, the same day as his death. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582. They had three children, Susanna, Hamnet and Judith. The following years are known as the "lost years". There is not much known and much speculation regarding his life until 1592. Where evidence can be found that he worked as an actor and playwright. He went on to become one of the greatest playwrights the world has ever known!
I found my information for dates, names and such at and from the above mentioned PBS show

Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare

I recently purchased this book from Usborne and am SO in love with it! I have always had a deep appreciation and fascination with Shakespeare's work. (So much so that one year for Christmas all I wanted was Barnes & Noble's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.) But I admit that at reading Shakespeare was a challenge when I was younger. Struggling to understand the language, I missed much of what was happening in the storyline. I am thrilled to have found this book for my kids. I thought, if they grow up knowing the stories, then maybe when it comes time to read the original plays, they will have an easier time. So far, my three year old LOVES this book! He has sat through Hamlet and was in high dudgeon that I had to borrow it to write this review. The illustrations are beautiful! And even though all of the plays are written so that young readers can understand them, some of the more famous lines from Shakespeare's works can still be found. I am thoroughly impressed and am so excited to introduce my kids to Shakespeare at a young age. Hoping to nurture and grow their love of literature. Check out this video to get a peek inside the book.

Twelfth Night
Romeo and Juliet
The Tempest
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Life and Times of William Shakespeare

Purchase Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare from Usborne here.

Learn more about Shakespeare through Usborne's Quick Links.

Check out more Shakespeare books from Usborne here.





All's Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Love's Labours Lost
Measure for Measure /
The Merry Wives of Win/dsor
The Merchant of Venice
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Winter's Tale
Henry IV, part 1
Henry IV, part 2
Henry V
Henry VI, part 1
Henry VI, part 2
Henry VI, part 3
Henry VIII
King John
Richard II
Richard III
Antony and Cleopatra
Julius Caesar
King Lear
Romeo and Juliet
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
The Sonnets
A Lover's Complaint
The Rape of Lucrece
Venus and Adonis
Funeral Elegy by W.S.

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