The 2019 A Year of Shakespeare, hosted by Rachel (@ Hibernator’s Library) is underway. I am participating by reading three of Shakespeare’s plays this year. The one I have started with is The Winter’s Tale, which is completely new to me. My plan is to read numerous “retellings” of the story so I am familiar with it. Then I will read the play and listen to an audiobook version. Also, if I can find an available copy, I’d like to watch a film version. And, of course, I would love to see a live performance of it, too, but I don’t know what my chances are of that!
So far in January, I have read five different retellings of the story, and enjoyed each one.
- Retelling of “The Winter’s Tale” in The Best of Shakespeare, by Edith Nesbit. (Excellent!)
- Retelling of “The Winter’s Tale” in Shakespeare Stories II, by Leon Garfield.
- The Winter’s Tale, retold by Bruce Coville, illustrated by LeUyen Pham.
- Short retelling of “The Winter’s Tale” in A Shakespeare Sketchbook, by Renwick St. James, illustrated by James C. Christensen.
- Retelling of “The Winter’s Tale” in Tales From Shakespeare, by Charles and Mary Lamb.
I loved Edith Nesbitt’s retelling, and highly recommend her book, The Best of Shakespeare. I also loved the Charles and Mary Lamb version. Bruce Coville’s retelling was in picture book form and had lovely illustrations.
After reading those retellings, I started listening to the audiobook performance but found it was hard to tell which characters were speaking. I hadn’t picked up a print version of the play yet, so I stopped listening until I get the book and can do both at once.
I made a lot of progress with this part of the Challenge in January, and I’m enjoying getting to know Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale!
Oh, reading so many retellings is probably a lot of fun! I didn’t know Bruce Coville wrote one. I loved his My Teacher is an Alien series when I was a child. I wish I had time to read a bunch of retellings, but I’m focusing on plays where I can watch the movie/play first and then read the play. Though I would like to read Margaret Atwood’s book!
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Thanks, Rachel. I do enjoy the retellings. It builds my familiarity with the play before reading it. I’ve found a dvd of the play so we’re going to watch that soon. Then I’ll read the play and listen to the audiobook. I also found a fictional retelling that I would like to read in March. It’s such a fun learning process! Thank you for putting this challenge together for this year (especially considering how busy your life is right now!). It’s great motivation for expanding my Shakespeare horizons!