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The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard and Midsummer Knight by Gregory Rogers

3 March, 2011

The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard and Midsummer Knight are both wordless picture books written and illustrated by Gregory Rogers.  Despite being picture books they incorporate subject matter appropriate for high school as well as primary school.

Allen and Unwin (publishers) have some great information for the books including teacher resources.  There is teacher’s notes pack for The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard and Midsummer Knight. Also, see my notes on the third book in the series The Hero of Little Street. They also have some biographical information about the author, Gregory Rogers.  All three books are part of the Boy-Bear series and all incorporate some sort of portal into a different place and time.  They are great to look at, for all ages.

In The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard, the boy interrupts a scene of Romeo and Juliet.  For some background information we listened to the Romeo and Juliet chapter of Charles and Mary Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare available for free at Librivox. The text of the chapter is also available from The Baldwin Project.  Librivox is also available for free through iTunes – note that it is Tales From Shakespeare Episode 18 that you want, as the chapters/episodes don’t have individual titles on iTunes.

Midsummer Knight is a reference to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  We listened to the Librivox Audio (episode 3 of the podcast on iTunes).  The text is available on The Baldwin Project also.

We also looked at the artwork in Illustrated Tales from Shakespeare.

We found all these resources freely online or in our local library, including copies of all three books in the Boy-Bear series.  I hope you find these links helpful in your own studies of the Boy-Bear series.

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