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A Step 3 Reading and Training graded reader, retold by Dereck Sellen. The story of Romeo and Juliet is perhaps the best-known love story of all time. The tragic but triumphant story of Shakespeare’s two young ‘starcrossed lovers’ still shines through in this version retold in modern English.
This reader uses the "Expansive Reading"approach, where the text becomes a springboard to improve language skills and to explore historical background, cultural connections and other topics suggested by the text. As well as the story and a playscript, this reader contains:
• An introduction about Shakespeare and his life
• A wide range of interactive activities practising the four skills
• Dossiers: In Fair Verona, Settings and Sources and others
• PET-style interactive activities and Trinity-style interactive activities (Grade 5)
• A full recording of the text
Adults looking for a dramatically abridged version of Shakespeare's tragic love story with some lovely backdrops of Verona may find something to savor in Early's (Sleeping Beauty; William Tell) picture-book rendition. She gives a nod to several medieval fresco artists and to such Renaissance painters as Michelangelo and Botticelli, whose ornate patterns and borders may well be the inspiration for her paintings. A sharp attention to detail-- including the exquisite geometric designs of palace floors, elaborate period dress, authentic Verona streetscapes and the delicate strands of Juliet's golden tresses--distinguishes Early's art, but the lovers' faces are mask-like, and even the most dramatic of scenes appear to be static. Early's narrative paraphrases the action of this drama while showcasing some of the most legendary lines from the Bard's quill. But these clunky juxtapositions detract from Shakespeare's own words, as in this example: "Lord Capulet replied that Juliet was too young . Why not wait a little longer? `Let two more summers wither in their pride ere we may think her ripe to be a bride,' he entreated." Children will be better off waiting for the original--and adults better off returning to it. All ages.
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Romeo e Giulietta è sempre bello!