The Enchanted Island

The Enchanted Island One of a series of top quality fiction for schools These retellings of Shakespeare stories focus on The Taming of the Shrew A Midsummer Night s Dream The Merchant of Venice Henry IV Part Hen

One of a series of top quality fiction for schools These retellings of Shakespeare stories focus on The Taming of the Shrew , A Midsummer Night s Dream , The Merchant of Venice , Henry IV Part 1 , Henry V , Twelfth Night , Julius Caesar , Hamlet , King Lear , Macbeth and The Tempest.

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The Enchanted Island

  1. Ian Serraillier was a British novelist and poet He was also appreciated by children for being a storyteller retelling legends from Rome, Greece and England Serraillier was best known for his children s books, especially The Silver Sword 1956 , a wartime adventure story which was adapted for television by the BBC in 1957 and again in 1971.He was born in London, the eldest of four children His father died as a result of the 1918 flu pandemic when he was only six years old He was educated at Brighton College, and took his degree at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and became an English teacher He taught at Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire from 1936 to 1939 at Dudley Grammar School in Worcestershire from 1939 to 1946 and at Midhurst Grammar School in West Sussex from 1946 to 1961 As a Quaker, he was granted conscientious objector status in World War II.In 1946 his first children s novel was published It was followed by several adventure stories of treasure and spies His best known work, The Silver Sword, was published in 1956 and has become a classic, bringing to life the story of four refugee children Three of the children are siblings Ruth, Edek and Bronia Jan is another of the many Warsaw war orphans who somehow had met their father, and then fainted near the bombed out basement which served as home for the siblings, and was taken in by them The four joined together in their search for the siblings parents in the chaos of Europe immediately after the Second World War In the United States the book was published under the title Escape from Warsaw.As well as children s novels and poetry, Serraillier produced his own retellings of classic tales in prose and verse, including Beowulf, Chaucer and Greek myths Together with his wife, Anne Margaret Rogers, he founded the New Windmill Series in 1948, published by Heinemann Educational Books, which set out to provide inexpensive editions of good stories He continued as co editor of the series until the onset of Alzheimer s disease in the early 1990s The illness finally contributed towards his death in November 1994 at the age of 82.

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  1. The book Enchanted Island,contain eleven different stories from shakespere.The stories are, A wild cat for a wife , Bottom the actor , a pound of flesh , Falstaff and prince hal , God for harry,england and st george , The love letter , Death of a dictator , Hamlet,prince of denmark , King lear of britain , Murder at dunsinane ,and lastly The enchanted island A wild cat for a wife is the story i find that it is interesting then the other ten story.This story is about a girl called Kate.She has a [...]

  2. I personally owe a lot of my initial grasp and understanding of many of Shakespeare s plays to Serraillier s The Enchanted Island , and I have no doubt that many others do as well.I definitely do recommend this book for all those parents who wish to start engaging their children to literature at an early age You will not believe that what you are reading is a Shakespeare play, as its language and themes are adapted accordingly Serraillier adapted 11 of Shakespeare s most famous and outstanding p [...]

  3. This was my first encounter with any kind of Shakespeare play or literature as a kid, and I found it surprisingly good You get A Midsummer s Night Dream one of my favourites that is rather witty, and not too overbearing or boring like Hamlet for instance , The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet ugh , and the aforementioned The Enchanted Island,to mention here The stories here are not as dry and droll as one might fear, for classic plays literature.My dear uncle fished this out from a rubbish heap near h [...]

  4. i love love love this book I had to read it in school and fell head over heels for it It base on Shakespare s stories I particularly love THE TAMING OF THE SHEW I read it so many times the pages were torn and dirty HE HE HE you must read it I still have the one i used in high school and i ve been out mor than 15 years now.

  5. This was my introduction to Shakespeare These retellings are very good they are not nearly as dry as the Lamb versions I LOVE this book, because it can convey the brilliance of Shakespeare in a concise, yet very moving way The highlight of the book is the retelling of King Lear Simply fantastic

  6. This was my first introduction to Shakespeare in the world of literature I had seen Romeo and Juliet, of course, but I had never read anything by him I loved this book I hope schools continue to use it as a favourable and easy introduction to the works of William Shakespeare.

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