"I purchased this book after realizing that my 8th grade, special education classroom of reluctant readers shared an affinity for reading plays. I was very pleased with the outcome, and they were too. I used this book in my 7th grade class as well, and a paraprofessional I work with actually inquired about this book to use with her eight-year old son and his friends. I simply photo-copied the plays and had the students pre-read and highlight their portions. After reading a play 3-4 times, I started to notice an improvement in my struggling readers' reading fluency and overall confidence. Even with my more proficient readers, they were able to truly shine and practice changing their voices and intonations as necessary. I highly recommend this book for teachers." SoFullyE said.
"So very sorry to say this but these adaptations were at best, okay. Knowing these stories as well as I do-- I think the author could trust kids and teachers more." Scott H. said.
"Cute plays, great for speech/language therapy, however there is at least one play that I won't use because it is not appropriate for my students." schmalin said.
"Most of the plays in this book are great. There is a wide assortment of plays - some I recommend, and others I don't." Casey K. Conrad said.
"I was able to use the Wayside school stories for my theatre classes, but all the other stories were a little too outdated to perform." Kristin Benner said.
"Each play has a preview that includes genre, culture, theme, number of readers required, reader ages, length of play and roles. There are also helpful notes and placement of readers suggested.
I downloaded this free on Kindle which is great to get an idea of what the content is like BUT very impractical to use for actually doing the plays. If you purchase the paperback edition you are able to make multiple copies so way more practical." Richard and Liz said.
"I like to do these plays with my cousins and they enjoy it too very much like me and my sister." Kindle Customer said.
"I read aloud to the kids every night. I bought these on a whim when I was looking for another book from Louis Sachar. Since I got it on Kindle, all the kids downloaded it to their devices and we each take a part and read together. The kids love it. The plays are child appropriate and fun to read." Amazon Customer said.