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How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (Paperback)
Winner of the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeareis a foolproof, enormously fun method of teaching your children the classic works of William Shakespeare by Tony-Award winning playwright, Ken Ludwig.
To know someShakespeare provides a head start in life. His plays are among the great bedrocks of Western civilization andcontainthe finest writing of the past 450 years. Many of the best novels, plays, poems, and films in the English language produced since Shakespeare's death in 1616 fromPride and PrejudicetoThe Godfather are heavily influenced by Shakespeare's stories, characters, language, and themes. InHow to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig provides the tools you need to inspire an understanding, and a love, of Shakespeare's works in your children, and to have fun together along the way.
Ken Ludwig devised his friendly, easy-to-master methods while teaching his own children.Beginning withmemorizing short passages fromthe plays, his techniquethen instillschildren with cultural references they will utilize for years to come. Ludwig's approach includes understanding of the time period and implications of Shakespeare's diction as well as the invaluable lessons behind hiswords and stories.Colorfully incorporating the history of Shakespearean theater andsociety, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeareguides readers on aninformedandadventurousjourney through the world in which the Bard wrote.
This book's simple process allows anyone to impartto childrenthe wisdom of plays likeAMidsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, andRomeo and Juliet. And there's fun to be had throughout. Shakespeare novices and experts and readers of all ages will each find something delightfully irresistible inHow to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.
About the Author
KEN LUDWIG is an internationally acclaimed playwright who has had numerous hits on Broadway, in London, and throughout the world.His plays and musicals includeLend Me a Tenor, which won two Tony Awards, andCrazy for You, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards and the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. His work has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has been performed inover thirty countries inmore thantwenty languages.Visit him at www.kenludwig.com."
“Don’t be fooled by the title. This book is for anyone who wants to brush up on Shakespeare… Don’t buy this book to teach your children; take them along as you commit these beautiful speeches to memory.” --Kirkus
"Ken Ludwig's enthusiasm for Shakespeare and his lucid, accessible and inspiring book on How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare is a rare treat. You and your children will be transformed into the magic and mystery of Shakespeare and his stories in an instant. I highly recommend the book to all who have a love of language and history." - Sir Derek Jacobi, CBE
“How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare is an inspired and inspiring book. It’s also a deeply rewarding one that will bring a great deal of pleasure to many parents and children. Ken Ludwig, a wonderful playwright, proves to be a superb guide to Shakespeare as well.” - James Shapiro, author of A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare and Contested Will
"I wish someone had given this book to my parents. It would have made a life-changing task downright fun. Ken Ludwig is a smart, congenial and inventive guide, and everywhere in this remarkable book he takes the strangeness out of Shakespeare's work and leaves the enchanting mystery. A book for all lovers, and potential lovers, of Shakespeare. Like nothing else, it creates a magical home theater for parents and their children." - J. D. McClatchy, Yale University
"I have been in [Ken's] home. His children really do know Shakespeare. Read the book and you'll see why. It's scholarship dancing around with fun." - Hal Holbrook