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Galileo's Daughter
by Dava Sobel. Sobel is a talented historian, translator, and science writer. Her book is a wonderful way to learn about Galileo's life and about basic physics through his arguments about motion, the tides and the planets; further, we read later how mathematics came to be applied to science. Most important, the book brings Galileo's daughter, the nun Suor Maria Celeste, alive. Her letters about her cloistered life, her feelings and thoughts, and her relationship with her father, make you feel a genuine depth of faith and love.

In addition, you learn fascinating things about how and why the Church fought Galileo's ideas about the planets, how people lived during the Plague, the early history of science, Galileo's invention of the military and geometric compass, and all sorts of other details that make this much more than a history book.

While the book is beautifully illustrated throughout, it is most appropriate for experienced readers.
 
Paper, 420 pages. (We also carry the author's book, Longitude).

#0553 $15.00 $8.99
Sale!

We have one damaged copy that has a corner crease:

#DAM-0553 $15.00 $6.99




Leonardo da Vinci: The Mind of the Renaissance by Alessandro Vezzosi - Scientist, painter, philosopher, anatomist, astronomer, engineer, inventor, courtier: Leonardo da Vinci is one of the greatest figures of the Renaissance. Five hundred years ago his restless imagination led him to examine the way the world works; to speculate about the heavens; to design a submarine and a parachute; to make magnificent paintings that still move us to tears.This book surveys the life and work of a unique genius, from his childhood in Italy to his death in France.

Well-written, loaded with information, and with a rich assortment of illustrations. Note: there are some references to sexuality
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Paper, 160 pages. 5"x7".

#8094 $12.95



Renaissance (Eyewitness Books) by Alison Cole - Discover the art of the Northern and Italian Renaissance, from the 14th to the 16th century.

Here is a beautiful, thought-provoking and highly informative guide to understanding the Renaissance. Superb color reproductions of paintings, sculptures and sketches, clear artworks and authoritative text from an established art historian offer a fresh "eyewitness" insight into appreciation of the momentous and influential art of the Renaissance era.

Hardcover, 64 pages. 11.2"x8.6"x.5". 2000 edition.

#582XX $29.99  Out of print, one copy available, rare.




The Renaissance Coloring Book
(Bellerophon) contains people and scenes from Renaissance paintings, engravings and frescoes.

Paper.

#0113 $4.95





Henry the VIII & His Wives
Paper Dolls to Color (Bellerophon) Each of the wives and Henry are illustrated, along with their clothing and stories.

Paper.

#0091 $4.95




Great Scenes from Shakespeare's Plays
(Dover coloring book) There are scenes from Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, Henry IV, Henry the Fifth, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Coriolanus, The Winter's Tale, The Tempest, and Antony and Cleopatra. The scenes are accompanied by summaries, selections, and captions. The 30 black and white illustrations can be colored or left as is.

This is an inexpensive and useful way to introduce Shakespeare to any age (the artwork is not "cutesy"), and the full-page scenes would lend themselves well to dramatic interpretations in front of a group, informal acting among friends, or for the acting/Shakespeare enthusiast to perform on their own.

Paper, 32 pages.

#9600 $3.95



King Lear (Folger Shakespeare Library) by William Shakespeare - This edition of Shakespeare's great tragedy includes:
 
Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
Scene-by-scene plot summaries
A key to famous lines and phrases
An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books
Essay by Susan Snyder

Mass market paperback, 384 pages. 6.8"x4.2"x1".

#2769 $5.99
Damaged copy of King Lear (spine is wrinkled):

#D-2769 $5.99 $3.99 


The Renaissance Art Game by Wenda O'Reilly, PH.D. - This beautiful card game and book set presents Renaissance artists and their masterpieces, and the stories that surround them. Play two classic games of strategy, memory and art appreciation: "Go fish" and "Concentration". In The Renaissance Art Game's version of "Go Fish," players fish for art by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Botticelli and Fra Angelico. In "Concentration," players win by matching different works of art by the same Renaissance painter.

Learn the story behind each masterpiece and interesting facts about the artists. Why did Leonardo write backwards? Who punched Michaelango in the nose? What color paints were made from beetles, burnt bones and precious jewels?

Includes a deck of 30 playing cards and a full-color 80-page art book, packaged in a Renaissance treasure box.


Ages 7 and up.

#3029 $25.00 $11.99


Romeo and Juliet CD
(Jim Weiss) - Jim seamlessly integrates his own storytelling art with the profound beauty of Shakespeare's famous verse, bringing both young and old listeners the ecstatic joy, sudden sorrow and tender sighs of one of the greatest works of literature's greatest author.

Ages 7 to adult.

CD Only: #3851 $14.95 $12.99




Shakespeare Coloring Book
(Bellerophon)
contains reproductions of historical drawings of scenes from Shakespeare's plays (the oldest was drawn in 1595). Also contains quotes from the plays.

Paper. 

#0083 $4.95



Shakespeare for Children A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Taming of the Shrew are told on a level children can grasp. As usual, Jim is able to take complex stories and translate them into tales easily understood by children (not to mention adults!) An excellent introduction to Shakespeare.

Probably most enjoyed by ages 9+.
 
Cassette:  #3150 $10.95 $5.99 Sales Price!

CD:  #3401 $14.95 $12.99


Shakespeare for Kids: His Life and Times by Colleen Aagesen and Margie Blumberg is a delightful introduction to the life and work of Shakespeare. The text is divided into different "acts," covering the various stages of Shakespeare's life. Within the text there are 21 different activities, including making a hornbook, Elizabethan games, staging a sword fight, and much more.

Interesting margin notes define Shakespeare terminology and describe other interesting aspects of the time period in which he lived, and there are lots of illustrations and photos throughout. I was particularly interested in finding out the difference between herbs and spices since we have an herb garden that we created several years ago when studying the middle ages. (If you've never grown herbs, most are very easy to grow. I've killed many a plant, but my perennial herbs are still heartily growing. It's also fun to grow plants with names like wormwood and soapwort!)

Ages 9+, paper. 

#3475 $16.95 $15.99



Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb. First published in 1807, this classic introduces readers to Shakespeare through the retelling of 20 plays (his best known tragedies and comedies). Originally designed for children, teens and adults will enjoy this book too (it certainly makes the plays more understandable).

Paper, 368 pages. Ages 9+.

#6776 $4.99




Top Ten Shakespeare Stories
by Terry Deary (of Horrible Histories fame), illustrated by Michael Tickner - Why is that Hamlet guy always talking to himself? In language kids can understand, this book explores the Bard's ten best-known plays. Included are a biography of Shakespeare and a discussion of theater in his day. Does not include the actual plays.

Includes lively illustrations, quizzes, plot summaries, and lots of top ten lists.

#3874X $4.50



The Young Person's Guide to Shakespeare, with Performances on CD by the Royal Shakespeare Company (Book and CD set) - Provides information about William Shakespeare's family life and work as a playwright and actor, summaries of his works, and details and challenges of staging Shakespearean productions. Includes a CD with performances from selected Shakespearean plays and sonnets by Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company.

Hardcover, 56 pages. Lots of photos and illustrations.

#1019 $25.00 $15.99 Out of print. One copy available. There is a small wrinkle on the cover.

Shakespeare Can Be Fun Series

macbeth.jpg (2429 bytes)For the past 20 years, teacher Lois Burdett has brought the magic of Shakespeare alive for her second-grade students. The following books are written in rhyming couplets and are lavishly illustrated by the students themselves The first book is their biography of Shakespeare; the rest are retellings of his plays. They show how young children are able to grasp serious literature. Color illustrations, paper, 64 pp. $8.95 each.

#2616 A Child's Portrait of Shakespeare
#5304 Hamlet for Kids
#2799 Macbeth
#1244 A Midsummer Night's Dream
#4138 Much Ado About Nothing
#2291 Romeo & Juliet
#3263 The Tempest
#2230 Twelfth Night

 

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