Star Wars – Darth Vader (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I love, love, love the idea of Star Wars written as a Shakespearian play.
I originally checked the book out of the library. (When you through as many books as we do at The Booky Mom’s house you make a lot of trips to the library!). I started reading the hard copy version to Cinco (2nd grader) and he seemed interested by the idea. (We read a children’s version of mid-summer night’s dream for our mid-summer fairy festival! Fairy Day I, Fairy Day II, Fairy Day III. So he knows who Shakespeare is and he knows the language can sound rather funny). Immediately, Cinco told me he wanted to listen to a dramatized version of the play. We waited until it was available on Audible.com and bought it.
By doing this we missed the drawings in the book, but had the added fun of multiple narrators acting out the parts. It’s a fun concept and it’s an enjoyable listen for a little bit. It’s fun to hear Darth and Han speak in Shakespearian language. The author also does a nice job of using iambic pentameter.
But after about 90 minutes, the novelty of the idea wore-off. The audio version took on a been-there-done-that feeling. Plus with audio, having the stage directions read aloud is distracting, particularly when characters enter and exit frequently!
Finally, the movie is only 2 hours, but the audio story is more than 3. Really? It takes that much more time to tell the same story?
All and all, it’s a silly fun concept and if you love Star Wars or Shakespeare and want to try it out– Go for it. But, I think the book would be better because you get the pictures and you can skim it.
Mom Camp Day 14. It is difficult to believe that Mom Camp has only be going for 14 days. It feels more like 14 years. The next few days are all about Star Wars. Cinco loved Clone Wars and I, being a child of the 70’s, have to stay true to the originals. (No one in the family is sticking up for Phantom Menace et al.)
Cinco and The Princess in costume for Star Wars Day, Episode I.
Out of the gate we decided to make a Princess Leia headband. You can find instructions here. Ours was a little different. We used a styrofoam ball. Chopped it in two and glued it on the headband. Next, it was time to glue on the brown yarn. The Princess (Leia) was very excited to get her headband. And the best part was throughout the entire process she kept calling me Amidala (because you know she’s Leia’s mom and all).
Next, we made our own Death Stars and some space fighters and even drew a sidewalk chalk Jabba the Hut. I think the PINK Death Star is very original!
We watched the Star Wars: A New Hope!
Then it was time for worksheets. There is a cute set at Home School Creations.They worked really well for The Princess.
We also took some time to play Mad Libs! I always LOVED Mad Libs as a kid and Cinco and The Princess were laughing like mad… Plus, it’s a great way to work on the parts of speech without the kids realizing that they are learning something!
This was Cinco’s reading for today as well.