This Level 4 book is appropriate for proficient readers.
It is 1602, and the Globe has just opened in London. Come backstage for a tour of this famous theater! These 48-page books about fascinating subjects like pirates, mummies, and volcanoes are for proficient readers who can understand a rich vocabulary and challenging sentence structure. In addition to the stunning photographs, informative sidebars, and glossary, readers will find archival photographs and paintings. Averaging 4,500 to 5,000 words in length, Level 4 books are 40 percent pictures and 40 percent text. The Dorling Kindersley Readers combine an enticing visual layout with high-interest, easy-to-read stories to captivate and delight young bookworms who are just getting started. Written by leading children's authors and compiled in consultation with literacy experts, these engaging books build reader confidence along with a lifelong appreciation for nonfiction, classic stories, and biographies. There is a DK Reader to interest every child at every level, from preschool to grade 4.
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Grade 3-5-Chrisp approaches the topic as though readers were tourists in old London. A cast of characters is introduced, some real, some fabricated, who would have frequented the theater. They describe their lives in and about the Globe. Richard Burbage explains how plays were staged and produced. A groundling tells how gangs of young apprentices search for entertainment, choosing bear baiting, football, and throwing apple cores at the players. An apple seller describes life when the plague comes. Illustrations and photographs are excellent, showing details of the building and the people. The large font makes reading less intimidating. Marginalia includes facts about the history of theater as well as life in 17th-century London. A final two-page spread shows the re-created Globe today and attests to Shakespeare's continued popularity. Aliki's William Shakespeare & the Globe (HarperCollins, 1999) is for the same audience, but focuses more on Shakespeare's life in relation to the Globe, and the re-creation of the theater in the late 1990s envisioned by Sam Wanamaker. This book will be useful where interest is high.
Carol Durusau, Newton County Public Library, Covington, GA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
...an interesting account of life in and around Shakespeare's Globe Theater... -- Home Education Magazine
Illustrations and photographs are excellent... -- School Library Journal
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