Title: Twelfth Night
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Number of pages: 64
Type of Book: Fiction, Classic, Play
Age: 4 – 8
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Price: N580; 4.99GBP
Yet another play featuring a shipwreck, twins and a comic case of mistaken identity. Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are lost at sea after a shipwreck. Viola lands at Illyria and disguised as a boy (Cesario) goes to work for and falls in love with Duke Orsino. The Duke meanwhile is madly in love with the Countess Olivia and sends his trusted servant Cesario (Viola) to woo her on his behalf. In an interesting turn of events, the Countess falls in love with Cesario (Viola). Read the book to see how this love triangle is resolved and the chaos that ensues when Sebastian shows up at Duke Orsino’s court!
THUMBS UP AND DOWN
UP: Humour! As usual, the case of mistaken identity caused by identical twins makes for hearty laughter. The characters made this book a delightful read. The major highlight was Viola. Her asides were entertaining. The love-struck Duke Orsino was a highlight too. His silliness was comical. I recommend for all the members of the family.
- This play is also called What You Will
- It was named after a Christian holiday/festival, the Twelfth Night.
- It was first performed on the twelfth night of Christmas, the end of the Christmas season, in either 1601/1602
HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK
- Read the story here (the original version): http://shakespeare.mit.edu/twelfth_night/full.html
- Visit William Shakespeare here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com
CHALLENGE: Twelfth Night
CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)
1. Read the information above, then answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)
- Who is Cesario?
- How are Viola and her brother separated?
- This play is also called ………. ?
2. Draw and colour identical twins (a boy and a girl) (4-5 year olds)
Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.
Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Thursday, May 26th 2015.
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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare