Shakespeare's Storybook: Folk Tales That Inspired the Bard. Retold by Patrick Ryan

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9781846865404: Shakespeare's Storybook: Folk Tales That Inspired the Bard. Retold by Patrick Ryan

'There was once a rich merchant who had two sons. These brothers were as different as the crow and the peacock, or as the moon and the sun, or as hot and cold.' - from the story that inspired 'The Merchant of Venice' Professional storyteller Patrick Ryan has brought together the traditional folk stories, ballads and fairy tales that are at the heart of seven of Shakespeare's masterpieces.

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About the Author:

Patrick Ryan has worked as a teacher and professional storyteller for over twenty years. He regularly tours Europe and the US performing and conducting a variety of workshops. Patrick has participated in several major storytelling projects, among them 'Living Stories of the World', a multi-cultural workshop for primary children in London. James Mayhew graduated from Maidstone College of Art and has created many acclaimed picture books for children. In 1994, he received The New York Times award for one of the year's ten best illustrated books with The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams. This is James' second title for Barefoot Books, joining The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera.

From AudioFile:

The interconnectedness of stories becomes food for thought in this collection of tales that might have been inspirational to William Shakespeare. On the recording, the stories stand on their own. For background about the tales, and about Shakespeare and circumstances at the time of his writing, one has to read the accompanying book. Patrick Ryan flavors each story with distinctive elements--the arrogance of a conniving water pixie who meets his match in "The Devil's Bet," the remorse of a father who has missed years of his daughter's life in "Cap o' Rushes," and the wiliness of a disguised lawyer in "A Bargain Is a Bargain." A.R. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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