Bold and Brave Women from Shakespeare
illustrated by Becca Stadtlander
(Walker Books)– hardback
Walker Books introduces Twelve Bold and Brave Women from Shakespeare. After a quote from the play in which each feature, the individual story of each is expanded upon. Cordelia, from ‘King Lear‘, refuses to flatter her father beyond the daughterly loyal affection she feels for him. What happens when he takes offence, preferring her sisters’ overinflated lies? The Romans blame Cleopatra for Antony’s neglect of his duties. The mistrust that each of this pair feel for each other results in tragedy.
Thereafter, we are reminded of Margaret of Anjou who features in ‘Henry VI Parts I-III‘ and ‘Richard III’. While her ambition leads a terrible ending, would we condemn her as she is by Shakespeare? Furthermore would we consider Beatrice a ‘scold‘ or Titania’s outcome a fair one?
Alongside Poetry for Kids William Shakespeare Bold and Brave Women from Shakespeare is a fascinating introduction to the writing of the Bard. This is an accessible, interesting book which demonstrates the stories, characters, obstacles and settings of twelve of Shakespeare’s best known females. Furthermore there is so much to discover beyond these introductions. For example, Cleopatra’s story merits examination within her history, while Portia’s actions and setting are ripe for discovery. We are proud to introduce this title.