The Story of Robin Hood

The Story of Robin Hood

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This action-packed book is an exciting retelling of the adventures of Robin Hood and his band of followers. With thrilling and evocative illustrations throughout, this is the timeless story of Robin Hood's escapades, whether he's outwitting foes, befriending the needy, or falling in love.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 159 pages
  • 129.5 x 195.6 x 15.2mm | 249.48g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0753458179
  • 9780753458174
  • 1,831,454

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Barbara Carroll Roberts - Children's Literature
Leeson's stated intention in this retelling of the legend of Robin Hood, is to stay as close as possible to the oldest stories and ballads about the outlaw. Without reading these originals, it is impossible to gauge his success, but it is certainly true that Leeson has captured a style that one imagines may hark back to the traveling minstrels and storytellers of 12th or 13th century England. It is likely, however, that many modern young readers will be put off by this style. Specifically, there is clearly a "teller" of the tale here, a narrator who stands between the reader and the story, interpreting and commenting about the action, pushing the reader away. The dialogue, meant to echo the formal rhythms of past centuries, creaks and groans under a forced hardiness; characters appear and disappear without explanation; and the meanings of numerous archaic terms cannot be discovered in the context of the story. Perhaps children who are particularly taken with the world of knights and castles will enjoy this rendition of Robin Hood, but it is doubtful that many others will find it compelling. This book is part of the "Kingfisher Epics" series. 2005 (orig. 1994), Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 9 to 12.
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4 46% (6)
3 38% (5)
2 8% (1)
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