Tales of mistaken identity, tragedy, romance, forest fairies and a donkey-headed man named Bottom, these are the wonderful tales of William Shakespeare.
I stumbled across Where’s Will?: Find Shakespeare Hidden in His Plays (a Where’s Wally-style book) in our local bookstore and instantly loved it. Hamlet, MacBeth, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, all the most well-known of Shakespeare’s plays are brought together in this colourful and interesting book for children.
Each play is explained simply, introducing the main characters before turning the page to a wonderfully detailed scene where the reader is challenged to find each of the characters. William Shakespeare makes a cameo appearance on each page too; it’s fun to race to spot him.
Jack and Sarah pour over the pictures, spotting more than just the characters, but all the other interesting townspeople and fairyfolk too. Stories of Caesar, Romeo, Juliet, Lady MacBeth & Ophelia have entered Jack and Sarah’s imaginary games and drawing.
Jack has been inspired to create his own Where’s Will stories, although his is called Where’s Jack? 🙂 🙂 He’s been hard at work, writing stories of treasure and pirates, the ghost of a heart-broken queen and a man who met a most tragic demise. They are truly wonderful.
I love this little shipwreck and its doomed passenger
The two unfortunate people behind rocks…I think there might be a little Hamlet or Caesar coming out there 🙂
There really is nothing quite like a book to ignite a passion. I can not wait to see what the next page of Where’s Jack? has in store for us. Right now, as I’m writing this, Jack is adding a new page, it looks like a forest. I wonder if it will be a tragedy or a comedy…. here’s what he’s got so far, love! Can you see the little fellow down the bottom left with a missing arm?!?
I’ve also added these two books to my library wishlist:
Sarah has a wonderful ballet DVD called My First Ballet Collection (which we’ve borrowed from a friend) of short performances from well-known ballets, that she watches almost everyday. She was very excited when she connected the dance from A Midsummer’s Night Dream to the story in Where’s Will. I think we’ll have to have a look through the DVDs at the library to see if there are any ballet performances of Shakespeare’s plays. Sarah will love that.
I love that Shakespeare’s stories have become part of Jack and Sarah’s play and inspired such creativity in Jack. I wonder where we’ll go next…
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