October 7, 2013 · 11:07 pm
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.
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Tagged as Beach Books, Book Review, Darth Vader, Ian Doescher, Quirk Books, Reading (process), Recreation, Science Fiction, Shakespeare, Shakespearian play, Star Wars, William Shakespeare
June 20, 2013 · 2:28 am
It’s another day of Summer Solstice activities and fun for Cinco and The Princess. Today we finished off some fairy projects but also started working on the sun aspect of the solstice.
We bought this solar power kit (I got it for $4 new @ Goodwill– go figure) The kit was not quite as easy as they suggested it would be on the box. We had to use the glue gun to make sure all the parts stuck together, especially the Eiffel Tower–which would NEVER have stayed together without the glue gun!
Then we had a slight issue with our solar panel. One of the wires connecting the panel to the charger was loose. Luckily, I managed to re-attach it using some packing tape. This provided us the chance to talk about how the energy circuit had to be a closed loop for the machines to work properly. So, it all worked out and we even had a little extra lesson.
We got everything up and running and then decided to do an “experiment” to see how long a full charge could keep the windmill turning. Seems the answer is 10 minutes 59 seconds. Cinco was excited by this because his guess had been 12 minutes so he was pretty close. Tomorrow Cinco plans to see how long a full charge will power the waterwheel and Eiffel Tower.
Math practice was also sun themed with a worksheet from teach-nology.com. It’s an addition worksheet that has the student color in un as they do the math problems.
Work on Fairy Manner continued. We got the garden/outdoor feature settled. We have a river w/ boats and oars, a bridge (Thanks again, Disney), trees and a picket fence (mini popsicle sticks $1 @ goodwill).
We also made a wand for the fairy princess! But sadly, we did not have the time to make the bow and arrow. I guess that has to wait until tomorrow!
Even mom campers have to eat, so we went to Trader Joe’s. We didn’t let that car ride go to waste.We listened to Shakespeare for Children by Jim Weiss. It’s a children’s version of two of Shakespeare’s plays on the disk narrated by Jim Weiss. I love his CD’s and now you can you can get audio downloads of his work on Amazon, which is new and great! We listened to Midsummer Night’s Dream on the car ride. The story is a little confusing with so many changes in the love triangles.
I think reading the book with the kids and listening to another version of it will help them to figure out what is happening in the story.
Oh and we ended with baseball practice and swimming lessons again!
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Tagged as addition worksheet, crafts, energy circuit, fairies, fairy crafts for kids, fairy garden, fairy princess, Jim Weiss, math practice, Midsummer Night, Midsummer Night's Dream, mom camp, Princess, Shakespeare, solar kit, solar pannel, summer reading, summer solstice, sun, William Shakespeare