Much Ado about Nothing for Kids by Lois BurdettWhat, my dear Lady Disdain! Are you yet living? These famous lines from Shakespeares comedy Much Ado About Nothing delightfully show the verbal sparring between the reluctant lovers, Beatrice and Benedick who are happily brought together at the end by the schemes of their friends. And, no story is complete without at least one evil character, Don John, who unsuccessfully tries to tear apart the wedding plans of Hero and Claudio, the other lovers in this sparkling tale.
Written in rhyming couplets, Much Ado About Nothing, the eighth book in this successful series, captures all the exciting elements of the original story, and is truly a delightful read for both adult and child.
Lois Burdett has been a teacher at Hamlet Public School in Stratford, Ontario, for over twenty years and her expertise in bringing Shakespeare to life for children as young as seven is reflected in the childrens clever insights and wonderful drawings which complement the play.
Her success has resulted in an ever-increasing demand for workshops as far afield as Europe and Australia where she instructs educators on how they too can familiarize young children with Shakespeare.
From the Foreword by Denzel Washington
[Lois Burdetts] delightfully entertaining text is complemented by her students thoughtful interpretations and charming artwork which make Much Ado About Nothing come alive in a whole new way.
Shakespeare Summarized: Much Ado About Nothing
Plot Summary of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"
The war is over. Claudio falls in love with Hero and their marriage is agreed upon. Beatrice and Benedick despise love and engage in comic banter. The others plot to make them fall in love with each other, by a trick in which Benedick will overhear his friends talking of Beatrice's supposed secret love for him, and vice versa. Meanwhile Don John, the prince's misanthropic illegitimate brother, contrives a more malicious plot with the assistance of his follower Borachio: Claudio is led to believe that he has witnessed Hero in a compromising situation on the night before her wedding day — in fact it is her maid Margaret with Borachio. Claudio denounces Hero during the marriage ceremony.
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Leonato, a kindly, respectable nobleman, lives in the idyllic Italian town of Messina.
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From the SparkNotes Blog
In Messina, as Don Pedro, the Prince of Arragon, and his officers return from a recently concluded war, a message comes to Leonato that the prince intends to visit his house for a month. Don John plots with the soldiers, Borachio and Conrade, to deceive Claudio into believing Hero is false to him. Hero and Don Pedro meanwhile are convinced that Benedick and Beatrice are ideal partners and by means of overheard conversations the two realise they do indeed love one another. At the wedding Claudio denounces Hero and leaves her apparently dead from shock, while her father, Beatrice and Benedick, amazed at the situation, decide that with the aid of the priest. Help is at hand as the village constable, Dogberry, and his assistants have arrested Borachio and Conrade after overhearing them boasting of their deception of Claudio and the Duke. Don John has been captured while trying to escape and is left for future trial while the play ends with a merry dance. I agree with u Tiffany.