Hamlet Story for Kids: Ebook Sample

Hamlet, the young royal prince of Denmark, was studying at a university in Germany. One day he was given the news that his father, the King of Denmark had died. He made arrangements to go home to be with his mother. His friend, Horatio, went with him.  Hamlet was the only child of the king and queen and he expected to be made king on his return.

When he arrived at Elsinore, the royal castle, he was surprised to find that his father’s brother, Claudius, had become King. Not only that but also that his mother had married Claudius. It was a shock to Hamlet and he didn’t know what to do.

Soon after, a sentry, Francisco, was on guard duty on the castle ramparts. Another guard, Bernardo, who arrived to relieve him, climbed the stairs to the castle’s ramparts. It was a bitterly cold night. Bernardo made his way carefully through the freezing fog. He saw a dim figure and challenged him.

‘Who’s there?’

‘No, you answer me!’ It was Francisco’s voice. ‘Stop and identify yourself!’

Bernardo stopped. ‘Long live the King!’

‘Bernardo?’ Francisco said.

‘Yes, it’s me.’

Francisco relaxed. ‘You’re right on time.’

‘It’s just gone midnight,’ said Bernardo. ‘Get off to bed, Franciso.’

‘Thank goodness.’ Francisco prepared to leave. ‘It’s freezing and I’m dead bored.’

‘Has it been quiet?’

‘Not even a mouse stirring.’

‘Well goodnight then.’

Bernardo stopped him. ‘If you see the guard master and Horatio, the Prince’s friend, tell them to hurry.’

Hamlet, the young royal prince of Denmark, was studying at a university in Germany. One day he was given the news that his father, the King of Denmark had died. He made arrangements to go home to be with his mother. His friend, Horatio, went with him.  Hamlet was the only child of the king and queen and he expected to be made king on his return.

When he arrived at Elsinore, the royal castle, he was surprised to find that his father’s brother, Claudius, had become King. Not only that but also that his mother had married Claudius. It was a shock to Hamlet and he didn’t know what to do.

Soon after, a sentry, Francisco, was on guard duty on the castle ramparts. Another guard, Bernardo, who arrived to relieve him, climbed the stairs to the castle’s ramparts. It was a bitterly cold night. Bernardo made his way carefully through the freezing fog. He saw a dim figure and challenged him.

‘Who’s there?’

‘No, you answer me!’ It was Francisco’s voice. ‘Stop and identify yourself!’

Bernardo stopped. ‘Long live the King!’

‘Bernardo?’ Francisco said.

‘Yes, it’s me.’

Francisco relaxed. ‘You’re right on time.’

‘It’s just gone midnight,’ said Bernardo. ‘Get off to bed, Franciso.’

‘Thank goodness.’ Francisco prepared to leave. ‘It’s freezing and I’m dead bored.’

‘Has it been quiet?’

‘Not even a mouse stirring.’

‘Well goodnight then.’

Bernardo stopped him. ‘If you see the guard master and Horatio, the Prince’s friend, tell them to hurry.’

The Shakespeare for Kids series is aimed at 8 to 11 year olds. Hamlet for Kids is written as a story that can be read by children, or read to them by parents or teachers who wish to introduce them to Shakespeare.

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