2 DECEMBER 1911, Page 9

The Children's Shakespeare. By Alice Spencer Hoffmann. (J. M. Dent

and Sons. 7s. 6d. net.)—Here we have twenty of the plays " told and chosen "—should it not have been " chosen and told" P The choice is not altogether to our taste. Othello, for instance, is hardly suitable for the audience which Miss Hoffmann addresses. As for the telling, we cannot say that it is better than what we have seen before ; still it is good enough for its purpose. The book is handsome and well printed, and the illustrations effective, though they are not all equally pleasing. Calitan is sufficiently ugly, but Ariel does not come up to our ideal.