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Shakespeare - Renowned writer
United States
May 6, 2007 6:48pm CST
I need to know is it to early to let my daughter read Shakespeare. I can not remember when I started reading it but my daughter is ten and she is in 5th grade. She has the reading level of 8th grade and I am ordering her new books and need to know if Shakespeare is to old for her. She likes book and she has read all of Harry Potter and even Moby dick. Please give me your advices. Thanks.
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@PunkyMcPunk (1477)
• Canada
6 May 07
All you can do is let her try. Shakespeare is a little dry and heavy reading material for someone so young. If it is above her she will stop reading the book and move onto other books. If she does grasp it and likes it then wonderful you are rasing an intelligetn thoughtful child. I would not ever discourage her from trying anything like that! Too few children these days are reading!
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• United States
7 May 07
She loves to read and I want to keep her reading and I try to get books that will keep her interest but I don't want them to be too mature for her because she is still only 10. But thank you, I agree too few children to read and I am glad that she does.
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@tigertang (1750)
• Singapore
7 May 07
Hey, nothing wrong if she loves the beauty of the English language. Don't think its ever too early to teach children to appreciate beautiful things.
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• United States
8 May 07
I truly agree I believe children are open to new things when they are young.
• United States
7 May 07
that is cool. we need more children reading than sitting in front of the tv or palying video games and eating all day. yes, promote her learning ability i just think this is excellent. my daughter is almost two and she loves for me to read to her and she also interacts with me when i'm reading . so i think that is awsome!
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• United States
7 May 07
I have been reading to her since she was young, she started reading street signs to us when she was three and I am a strong believer in promoting education. She loves to read, her face is always stuck in a book. I just started giving her books on business, trying to open her mind to other posibilities.
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@PsychoDude (2018)
• Netherlands
6 May 07
Shakespeare is hard.... unless of course you take the modern English variants then it could be doable if she reads Harry Potter. But if you are planning on ordering Shakespeare in its original form I would wait a bunch of years with it. Like taken a sample from Macbeth: As whence the sun 'gins his reflection Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break, So from that spring whence comfort seem'd to come Discomfort swells. Mark, king of Scotland, mark: No sooner justice had with valour arm'd Compell'd these skipping kerns to trust their heels, But the Norweyan lord surveying vantage, With furbish'd arms and new supplies of men Began a fresh assault. A 10 year old would probably be able to read the words but there it'd most likely end.
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• United States
7 May 07
Thank you for the insert I let her read it and she thinks the Macbeth sounds interesting so I will be buying her one of the Shakespeare Collection to get her started.
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• United States
7 May 07
If she is interested why not read it together? Then if she has trouble understanding a passage you can help her. She gets the enjoyment of reading and you get the enjoyment of spending time with her.
• United States
8 May 07
She is interested in reading them, we spend alot of time together and we both enjoy books. As she grows we have more and more incommon it feels good to be her roll model.
• United States
8 May 07
It sounds to me like she has a great role model!
@missak (3311)
• Spain
7 May 07
I think Shakespeare is good, althought it is difficult to read. I think she can read him already, since althought he talks about some issues that could be considered for adult, he talks about that in a hidden way that is accesible for different minds. Perhaps it is helpful for you, I remember at that age my prefferred were Michael Ende, Charles Dickens, Jules Verne and Tolkien, and I think these are good ones for everyone that is starting to enjoy reading books.
• United States
7 May 07
Thank you for the suggestions, that was my main concern the adult content because she is a very bright young lady and I do not want to introduce her to things she is not quite ready for. I do love Charles Dickens and she loves fantasy so I know she may enjoy Tolkien. I will definitely look into all your suggestions because I am always looking for books to expand her library.
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
7 May 07
:) I am happy if I helped you.
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@Stiffler07 (1356)
• United States
7 May 07
If she can comprehend it, I say absolutely. Let her get a head start, when she goes to HS, she will be that much more prepared. Sounds like a smart cookie. Hmmmmm, wonder who she gets that from:-)
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• United States
7 May 07
Yes, the apple didn't fall far from the tree. I am proud to say she takes after me. She is a genius and I do want to prepare her for High School. She comprehends a lot but I don't want to push her or overwhelm her but I do want to keep her ahead. She wants to be a writer and start her own business and I am a strong believer the sooner the better.
• United States
7 May 07
If it's what she wants, then you are not pushing her:-)
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@soccermom (3200)
• United States
7 May 07
I was in the gifted program all through my school years and remember being in fifth grade and running across Shakespeare. I thought how cool it would be to read it, and I did read it, but I barely understood any of it. Keep in mind that when I was in 5th grade I was part of a "study" that gave kids in the gifted program the SAT along with high school seniors and I scored in the 80th percentile against those kids. The problem I faced was that I was pushed hard at a young age and by the time I hit high school I had a hard time graduating, not because I couldn't do the work, but because I was bored and didn't have an interest. I'm not saying that'll be the case with your child. Has she read "Where the Lillies Bloom"? Great book, 8th grade level, and it is an incredible story. I'd encourage her to continue reading the classics, but I wouldn't push Shakespeare yet, she may not understand it and lose interest in Shakespeare altogether, missing out on some beautiful stories later in her life.
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• United States
7 May 07
Thank you very much, I too was in the gifted program, they call it emerging scholars in her school and I can concur with what you are saying. I was bored out of my mind to by the time I got to high school and that is what I don't want to happen to her. She is getting bored now and she is only in 5th grade. She is already being separated from her class doing special programs, I fear if I don't keep giving her things that will challenge her she will not want to go to school. Thanks for the suggestion I will look for this book. What do you think about "Cather in the Rye" I rather liked this book when I was younger.
• United States
7 May 07
I too was in the gifted program all through school and I understand what you mean by getting bored. I was bored by the time I got to high school and I don't want that to happen to her because she has already stated that she is bored. I thank you for the suggestion and I will look up this book. What do you think about "The Catcher and the Rye" I rather liked this book when I was younger.
@pumpkinjam (5782)
• United Kingdom
7 May 07
Does she want to read Shakespeare? If she does then she's not too young for it. Of course it will be harder for her to understand. I don't know how useful it would be as it is usually not in modern English but if she enjoys reading so much, you can't lose anything by letting her try.
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• United States
8 May 07
Thank you and I do let her try new things that she is interested in and she always excels at them. She is as bright as a 100 watt bulb.
• United States
7 May 07
Some of Shakespeare's plays are too adult for a 5th grader IMO. I would screen them and let her read only selected ones you have preapproved. I have the same issue with my kids being able to read at a higher level and finding books with appropriate content. My 5th grader reads on a post high school level, and my 2nd grader on a 6th grade level. That means they are able to read a lot of stuff that they aren't ready to deal with.
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• United States
8 May 07
Well she not only reads on this level she is very mature for her age. She plays chess, speaks spanish and she taught herself. She will be teaching herself French and Greek this summer. And I always review what she reads before she reads it.
@Easytime (126)
• Nigeria
7 May 07
You son could be a genius - whom God has deposited so many talents and knowledge in. So, the early you expose him to reading the faster the things he can grabs and the more understanding he will have toward things. He will be very critical in his reasoning, thinking and all. So, I urge you to allow him be exposed to critical reading not only reading, but critical and mental games like CHESS and SCRABBLE.
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• United States
7 May 07
Its my daughter and God has made her very talented. And she is already very critical in her reading, and she taught herself Chess and we love Scrabble. She has also started teaching herself Spanish. Thank you for the thoughts and suggestions.
@lafavorito (2966)
• Philippines
7 May 07
Your daughter must be a 'gifted child', I seldom see 10 year olds reading books let alone Shakespeare. All you do for now is support her enthusiasm in reading and explain to her that some parts of Shakespeare's works are a bit mature for her age.
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• United States
7 May 07
It is sad but true, children do seldom read with TV, video games and movies, I have been blessed with little girls who still like the simple things in life and the fact that I monitor how much TV and movies they watch and they don't have a video game. Thanks
• India
7 May 07
well i think you are pushing it too far.......kids generally like to read what they like and not what their parents tell them to.....maybe you can start with abridged poems and stories before turnig her to ful stuff......although i started shakesphere when i was in 7 th , as we had his play hamlet in the curriculum, and still love to read it......so you have to decide on your own
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• United States
7 May 07
Well I thank you for your opinion but I am not pushing my daughter I merely make suggestion of the type of books I have read and we go to the bookstore together and pick out books of her interest not mine. My daughter reads what she likes and also what I suggest because we have a very close relationship and discussion different books that I like and she likes. And we do read poems and other literature and she has also written Haiko's as I write poems. If I wanted to push my daughter I would not have asked for advice concerning her reading Shakespeare, and if you got it in 7th grade and she reads on an 8th grade then I think Shakespeare would be appropriate.
• United States
7 May 07
Hi billionaire, If she's interested in reading Shakespear let her read it. Some of it might be a bit deep for her but you can help her understand what portions she doesn't understand. It's a huge task to read his work. There are 38 plays and 154 Sonnets. Many of his plays are noted to be among the greatest in the English language. It will give her a chance to read good English. "What a piece of work is man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! ". - (Act II, Scene II). Hamlet Let her give it a shot!
• United States
7 May 07
I was thinking Hamlet also, I liked that one and Macbeth the most. They were both my favorites and my daughter is alot like I was when I was her age. And she wants to be a writer also so, I am trying to expose her to different literary works. Thank you for the encouragement.
@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
7 May 07
I think you must ask her if she likes to read one!, your lucky she is good!
• United States
7 May 07
Thank you and I do consider myself as blessed.
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
7 May 07
She may be a bit too young for Shakespeare. It is difficult to read to begin with, but there are so many innuendos that are of adult content and metaphors that it may very well go over her head at this point. There are some wonderful books that are age appropriate for her that she can well relate too and I would definitely stick with those for the time being.
• Pakistan
13 May 07
well i dont think its too early. if you can gether abridged shakespeare stories it will be much better. cause the abridged ones have very high standard for a girl in 5th grade. even i used to read shakespeare stories when i was very young. and then i read a few plays too when i got older.
@creb11 (416)
• China
8 May 07
I think it is a good thing for you and your daughter.I like read very much,and i always think i have lots of books to read,so sometimes i regret i did not read lot when i was young.Book can tell me a lot of things,and most of these can not gain in the school.It is very good for you daughter like read,you know that most children do not like book.Now my last wish is to have enouge time to read.