Book: Prospero's Potent Art (Miranda) by Ariel Setobarkocategories: Book, Young Readers, Homeschoolers, Prospero, Glenn Doman, Age Zero, Learning from Birth, Music, Magician, Wizard, The Tempest, Shakespeare
Ariel Setobarkoabout this book: The text of this book is entirely from Shakespeare's The Tempest, with special illustrations that give the text a unique interpretation. The text is Prospero's famous monologue from the beginning of the last act: "Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes, and groves..." - some of the most amazing lines written in the English language. The illustrations show Prospero conducting an ensemble of elves and fairies touting musical instruments, which imparts a distinctly musical character to the text.
"What are the chances of a small child understanding Shakespeare?" Indeed, what are the chances of a small child understanding Mozart or van Gogh? And for that matter, what are anybody's chances of understanding any of this without having studied for many years harmony, counterpoint, and composition? The words that Shakespeare uses – hills, brooks, lakes, groves – are in our everyday vocabulary. Those that aren't probably should be. We read Shakespeare because of the way he puts these words together, which produces a music that no one else has been able to match in the English language. This music is accessible to all speakers of English, of all ages, as much as the music of Mozart and Bach is accessible to all.
The book is intended for very young readers, and it conforms to the ideas of Glenn Doman, the pioneer of teaching children from age zero. The text of the monologue is divided into small chunks, each chunk presented in a two-page spread, with a few lines on the left page and the corresponding illustration on the right page. It is a favorite of homeschoolers.
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