Sixty-Minute Shakespeare : Romeo and Juliet by Cass FosterI’ve gone back and forth on whether to teach Shakespeare to my children, the easy answer is not to teach him because I’ve never been able to quite grasp any of his plays beside Romeo and Juliet. However, I also know that a good grasp of his works can be beneficial especially as my oldest loves anything to do with literature and the arts – so I was able to review the abridged version of Romeo and Juliet by Cass Foster and the Sixty-Minute Shakespeare book.
This was perfect for a girl who isn’t quite old enough for the entire story of Romeo and Juliet but could do with a little look into the famous playwright and one of his greatest plays. The book is a short 74 pages and while it’s condensed none of the play is lost in this abridged version, which makes it great for those young ones who want some knowledge, school class rooms to work on scenes, or even short productions.
I like how in the beginning some ideas for scenery, pacing, two recommended websites for more information on Shakespeare and his plays, images and themes to be on the look out for throughout the story. There are even two pages with famous Shakespeare quotes, which is a nice touch. In the footnotes section on each page, as needed, there are words that are defined if they are not familiar to the modern reader.
The whole set (6) sells for $45.89 or you can purchase them individually for $8.99 at Get Shakespeare/Five Star Publications. I mentioned above about producing the play but I must add that Dramatic Publishing owns the production rights and they must be contacted before a production is performed for viewing. I think these are great for anyone’s library and especially for the homeschool family who may want to briefly touch on Shakespeare without going into every facet of his plays.
**This is a MamaBuzz Media review. The product was provided by Five Star Publications for this review, no other compensation was given and a positive review was not expected.
Romeo and Juliet in Three Minutes
Romeo And Juliet In 5 Minutes
An age-old vendetta between two powerful families erupts into bloodshed. A group of masked Montagues risk further conflict by gatecrashing a Capulet party. The message fails to reach Romeo, and believing Juliet dead, he takes his life in her tomb. The grieving family agree to end their feud. Romeo and Juliet begins as the Chorus introduces two feuding families of Verona: the Capulets and the Montagues. On a hot summer's day, the young men of each faction fight until the Prince of Verona intercedes and threatens to banish them.
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