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Sam Stars at Shakespeare's Globe
 
 
Author
Pauline Francis. Jane Tattersfield, illus.
Publisher Frances Lincoln  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 11 x 8.75 x 0.3 inches
ISBN 9781845074067
Pages/Publication Date 32/2006
Daedalus Item Code 20080
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Unable to attend the plays at William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, young Samuel instead sneaks into the theater during the day and manages to get a job playing bit parts, in this book for readers 6 to 8. One by one, Samuel plays Cobweb, then the grandson of Coriolanus, then a young Roman boy in Julius Caesar, while learning all about the stage. But it is only when an older boy named Jack, who was supposed to play Juliet until his voice suddenly began to change, that Sam has his chance to star. The book's ink and gouache illustrations depict Elizabethan London and the world of the Globe Theatre in jewel-like colors.

"The brief historical note on the title page sets up the drama for this picture-book story for older children. In Shakespeare's time, girls and women were not allowed to act in the theater, so men's parts were played by young boys before their voices broke. Sam finds work in the famous Globe Theatre, where he starts off playing small parts, such as a fairy in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Finally, after being trained by kindly, idyllic Shakespeare, he is cast as Juliet, and the audience loves him: 'They sighed when Juliet fell in love with Romeo. They cheered when she disobeyed her father and married him. They sobbed when....' Clear, brilliantly colored ink-and-gouache illustrations show the stage performances and the active audience as well as the backstage goings-on and a glowing view of the theater on the Thames."Booklist

 
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