Better than folger's and barron's for this play
I am reviewing the simply shakespeare edition, not the tempest. the tempest is not my favorite play to read or work on. i have no use for prospero, i think it's ridiculous that all the names are so similar, and caliban is obnoxious. ariel is obnoxious, too. having said that, one of my sons chose it, so i had to find a version that would make studying it less of a chore. i got this version, barron's, and folger's (i learned the play with folger's.) what i appreciate about the simply shakespeare edition is as follows: + good background information about the play, including cadences and why shakespeare wrote the way he did. + introductions for each act, including things to watch for. + activities after each act, to engage interested learners. several good ideas. + repeatedly emphasizes shakespeare's use of magic + points out many examples of shakespeare writing stage directions into the dialog this is the best of the three versions i read to prep for reading this with my family.