William Shakespeare: scenes from the life of the world’s greatest writer

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

Review

Starting with his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 and ending with this death there in 1616, this informative and accessible book charts the personal and literary life of William Shakespeare.

Background facts about Elizabethan times, how people lived, the politics and religious issues of the time are revealed. Information about Will's schooling, his marriage, family and his working life in London are presented in an appealing mix of text, cartoon speech bubbles and water colour illustrations.

Each chapter heading uses an appropriate quote from one of his plays. Further on the plots of key plays are outlined together with the stories and events that influenced Will's imagination.

Interesting and thorough, and useful for children at Key stage 2 and 3.

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