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Literary Fiction

Publisher:  Five Star Publications, Inc. (AZ) ISBN-10:  1877749397 Type: 
Pages: 

80

Copyright:  1990,1997,1998,2000,2001,2003 ISBN-13:  9781877749391
Fiction

The Sixty Minute Shakespeare

The works of William Shakespeare are timeless-and they are time-consuming. Too valuable to be passed over by today's younger generation, Shakespeare's plays are, nonetheless, all too often avoided by students and teachers alike. Author Cass Foster, who has been involved in all aspects of theatre for over 35 years, has provided a solution.
The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series is an ideal alternative for those who lack the time to tackle the unabridged versions of the world's most widely read playwright. Foster has condensed the Bard's language, but has left the integrity of Shakespeare's writings intact so that students can experience the thrill of his stories as well as the beauty of his prose. In addition, the author has provided footnotes explaining some of the more arcane words and phrases so that the reader can better understand and, therefore, enjoy the plays.

Five Star Publications
The SIxty-Minute Shakespeare Series

"Want to ease kids into reading full-length Shakespeare? The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series offers fast-paced condensations of six Shakespeare classics. Rather than retell, the series preserves the original play format and the Bard's language, while providing excellent footnotes to archaic words. It's a smart stepping stone to the real thing."
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(National Education Association)

The Sixty Minute Shakespeare

Phoenix, AZ - The works of William Shakespeare are timeless-and they are time-consuming. Too valuable to be passed over by today's younger generation, Shakespeare's plays are, nonetheless, all too often avoided by students and teachers alike. Author Cass Foster, who has been involved in all aspects of theatre for over 35 years, has provided a solution.
The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series is an ideal alternative for those who lack the time to tackle the unabridged versions of the world's most widely read playwright. Foster has condensed the Bard's language, but has left the integrity of Shakespeare's writings intact so that students can experience the thrill of his stories as well as the beauty of his prose. In addition, the author has provided footnotes explaining some of the more arcane words and phrases so that the reader can better understand and, therefore, enjoy the plays.

This new series contains Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Hamlet. Foster, is quick to point out that the Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series is intended to be merely a stepping stone in the study of Shakespeare, not a substitute for the original works. He urges readers, "Go beyond the Sixty-Minute versions, using the appreciation and self-confidence you gained to go further. The more you read, the more you gain."

An ideal companion piece, Shakespeare: To Teach or Not to Teach was co-authored by Foster and Lynn G. Johnson. This manual helps teachers prepare and present the teachings of Shakespeare from as early as second grade all the way through high school.

Foster is the director of a theatre program in a small college in central Arizona and currently the fight choreographer for the Grand Canyon Shakespeare Festival. He has directed shows and staged fights at theatres and universities throughout the country.

The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare Series and Shakespeare: To Teach or Not to Teach are available through Five Star Publications, Incorporated, P.O. Box 6698, Chandler, AZ 85246-6698-6698. Inquiries may also be directed by phone to (480) 940-8182 and by fax to (480) 940-8787. Five Star Publications' e-mail address is info.FiveStarPublications.com.

 




Professional Reviews

Ease kids into reading full-length Shakespeare?
Want to ease kids into reading full-length Shakespeare? The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series offers fast-paced condensations of six Shakespeare classics. Rather than retell, the series preserves the original play format and the Bard's language, while providing excellent footnotes to archaic words. It's a smart stepping stone to the real thing. ~ NEA Today

As our Education Outreach department at Colorado Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to enlightening teachers and students (and the community at large) about Shakespeare's works-using a "hands-on" philosophy-I have found the Five Star Shakespeare collection an incredible resource.

~ Melinda J. Scott, Education Director, Colorado Shakespeare Festival


Great for Middle to High School Students
Great for Middle to High School Students
Five Star Amazon Review

The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series will allow middle and high school students to discover and love what made Shakespeare great. Using original language but abridged so that it is not academically frightening for the students or the teacher. Abridged in an engaging and approachable style.

05/13/10
--Tammy Litke


Keep the magic and love of Shakespeare alive and well.
Twelfth Night is one book that is part of a series titled Sixty-Minute Shakespeare. This series takes some of Shakespeare's most famous works of literature and reduces, condenses and abridges a long, detailed piece of literature into an ideal alternative for the reader who doesn't have the time, resources, or attention span to tackle Shakespeare in its original form.

This carefully edited series works well for individuals or classrooms where the integrity of the work must be kept intact. While the language is condensed, the writing's main ideas are kept the same, as are the beauty of the verse and prose.

I, for one, have never been a fan of Shakespeare, yet this book was readable for me. While I still might not want to pick up more of Shakespeare's works, I at least don't feel so overwhelmed at the idea of picking up one of the huge, massive volumes I've only used as paperweights or doorstoppers before this.

Twelfth Night is part of a series, so if the reader enjoys this version of the story, others are available to keep the magic and love of Shakespeare alive and well.

--Kelly Crespin, Eclectic Homeschool Online


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Reader Reviews for "The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare Series by Cass Foster"

Reviewed by m j hollingshead 8/22/2010
i like the cover art, premise is intriguing



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