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Playing with Shakespeare's Text

Children have interpreted and interacted with Shakespeare’s plays since they were first published.  Young people have colored and doodled in books; drawn pictures of characters; and even created their own interpretations of Shakespeare's works. The Bard even inspired a father and daughter, David Scott Kastan and Marina Kastan, to publish a book of poetry together.


The Shakespeare first folio shown above has been doodled on by a young girl in the 1700s. Today, this book is priceless, but once it was just another book in someone's library waiting to be read and enjoyed.



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Shakespeare. Plays. 1623. London, 1623

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