Thursday, October 17, 2013

Classic Reenvisioned

ROMEO AND JULIET adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds. CandleWick Press, 2013.

Gareth Hinds turns his talents to a retelling of Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULEIT in graphic novel form. A note in the introduction explains why the cast of this retelling is multicultural. From Hinds' perspective, using characters from different ethnic groups demonstrates the universality of the story. Much of Shakespeare's language is used, especially some of the soliloquies. This is a perfect way to provide an introduction to the play, to the language, and to the Bard. Begin the introduction with Bruce Coville's picture book adaptation, Charles and Mary Lamb's TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE along with ROMIETTE AND JULIO by Sharon Draper and IF YOU COME SOFTLY by Jacqueline Woodson.

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