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The Gingerbread Boy
by Vivian French. Illustrated by John Parker
(Walker Books)
Described on the cover as a story play, this version of the traditional story is designed to be read aloud in four parts. These are colour coded with black text on stripes of red, green, yellow or blue. The red part is for less experienced readers and the blue part is for more experienced ones. There is plenty of repetition to build reading skills plus touches of humour cleverly worked into the interaction between the parts.
KS1
26 pages    0744568552
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The Golden Goose
by James Mason
(Longman Pelican Big Books)
A play set in Ancient Egypt around the building of a pharaoh's tomb. A desperate father steals the statue of the Golden Goose in the hope it can save his sick daughter's life. His other children risk danger to put it back before he is found out and the little girl recovers safely. Characters names in orange, narration in ordinary type and live action dialogue in bold.
Cast - 10 characters plus optional priests
Links to history - ancient Egypt
KS2
48 pages    ISBN 0582333911
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff
by Vivian French. Illustrated by Arthur Robins
(Walker Books)
A dramatic version of this popular story designed to be read aloud in four parts. These are colour coded with black text on stripes of red, green, yellow or blue. The red part is for less experienced readers and the blue part is for more experienced ones. The illustrations are fun and the great big hairy scary troll doesn't look too scary. Good to read aloud with clever touches of humour in the interaction between the characters.
KS1
28 pages    0744568536
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The Tiger, The Brahman and the Jackal
by Margrete Lamond and Bill Wood
(Rigby Magic Bean)
Adapted from a traditional Indian folk tale. It's good to read but maybe hard to perform (playing a road convincingly is hard for even an experienced actor). The text is black on white without any colour coding to aid reading. Black and white illustrations.
Cast - 6 characters
KS2
48 pages

Theseus and the Minotaur
by David Orme
(Longman Pelican Big Books)
The traditional Greek myth in the form of a play with narration used to move the story along quickly. The names of the characters are in green, narration in ordinary type and live action dialogue in bold.
Cast - 8 main characters plus guards and young people from Athens
Links to history - Ancient Greece and to myths and legends
KS2
48 pages    ISBN 0582334152
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Yeh Shen and the Magic Fish
Retold by Brenda Parkes Illustrated by Mon-Sien and Jean Tseng
(Rigby Red Giant)
A play set in ancient China tells how Yeh Shen has to work hard for her cruel stepmother and stepsister. Her only friend is a fish who eventually gives her the clothes she needs for the Spring Festival where she meets and eventually marries the King. Interesting to compare with Cinderella.
cast - 7 main characters, a narrator and some villagers
KS1 and early KS2
24 pages    ISBN 0433042249

 

 

 

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