This oversize anthology, with vibrant and original illustrations, includes three plays that young children will delight in reading and acting.
The vibrant and delightful illustrations complement the story of the plays while also offer suggestions on how they can be staged and represented. The three plays included are:
In the English Book
The Three Little Goats
In the Spanish book
Los tres cabritillos
A dramatization by F. Isabel Campoy of the traditional tale
The Little Lamb that wanted to be a buzzard
El borreguito que quería ser buitre
An original play by F. Isabel Campoy
A playful retelling of the traditional tale by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada
Theatre has been a passion in my life. I was part of every play during my school years and later in High School I also begun writing plays. One of my works “The Museum” was chosen to be performed at the important theatrical event of our class graduation. Theatre was a way of life for me during those early years.
Because of my experience with theatre, and how important it was in giving me a voice, breaking the barriers of shyness, and encouraging me to speak in public; ensuring that children have access to read and act in plays has always been one of my basic goals. Even if it is done with great simplicity, acting in a play can have very positive results.
I am convinced that one is better able to teach something one has enjoyed doing. And just as Alma Flor Ada and I emphasize, in our courses of Authors in the Classroom, that teachers who create their own books will be better able to get their students to become authors, I believe that encouraging teachers to do theatre and experiencing the richness of the process would better allow them to incorporate plays in their regular teaching.
For a delightful anecdote that shows the magic of theatre click here: Let’s Raise the Curtain! The Benefit of Theatre in the School.
You can also find more about my personal experience with theatre in the section “It’s Play Time!” in Alma Flor Ada and You volume II, published by Libraries Unlimited.