The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle remains the best book available for young readers on this enduring folk hero. Like most of Pyle's works, Robin Hood is morally earnest. Pyle transforms the sly Robin Hood of the medieval sourceballads into a hero who is upright, compassionate, and unflinchingly honest.
Although considered a thief and outlaw, Robin Hood is nevertheless presented in this work as a moral force in a world that allows the rich and powerful to take ruthless advantage of the poor and defenseless. Although he is technically a criminal, Robin is more honest than his foe, the Sheriff of Nottingham, who is charged with upholding the law. A just man, Robin Hood is a fugitive from justice.
He is also more charitable than the various hypocritical churchmen he encounters. Pyle's Robin Hood exemplifies the virtues of justice, fair play, generosity, and compassion that the author felt were essential qualities of mature adulthood.
Pyle's moralizing does not, however, take away from Robin's fast-paced adventures in and around Sherwood Forest. Pyle relates these traditional tales with an incomparable zest, generosity of spirit, and unfailing good humor.
Even after more than a century, this version of the Robin Hood legend engages modern readers—young and old alike—with its sprightly innocence, nobility, pathos, and bittersweet nostalgia for a golden age when humans lived harmoniously with nature. The beautiful illustrations in this work round out the narrative to make for a memorable and most enjoyable reading experience. Read more from the Study Guide.
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Did you know that Maid Marian isn't a part of the original tale? That might be why she wasn't included that much if it was more of a nod to the original. I am sorry that you had a hard time separating this from the animated film. Hopefully you will enjoy the other adaptations more! Sorry just realized that I didn't clarify, the original tale is actually "The Gest of Robyn Hode" and it is very old, you can find more info on my first post over on the blog! Thanks for participating!! I may or may not find time to read that one, but I enjoyed reading your post.
I learned a lot about Maid Marian in my research and it seems she was just added to the tale later. I am a really an avid fan of Robin Hood, and we are planning on collecting different versions so we could use it for our future plays.
Fun adventures, well told, and well read. The reader, David Thorn, takes his time to evoke moods, gives each character a distinctive voice, and speaks with a classic English accent. I listened to the samples of other readers' versions. One didn't create distinctive character voices.
Another's way of reading sounded almost like a sneer to me. A third, while avoiding both these problems, spoke at a pace that moved the story forward resulting in a recording a full hour shorter than this one , but failed to linger long enough over descriptive passages to evoke the mood of each scene.
No sweeter inn could be found in all Nottinghamshire than that of the Blue Boar. Then Robin's heart fell, for he knew they were the bearers of ill tidings. But yet, I say again, Alas! And now but three men were left of all those that had shot before. Then, after they had seated themselves, Little John drew his dagger and thrust it into the pie. Then, amidst a noise of talking and laughter, he took the patch from off his eye and stripped away the scarlet rags from off his body and showed himself all clothed in fair Lincoln green; and quoth he, "Easy come these things away, but walnut stain cometh not so speedily from yellow hair.
Howard Pyle's book is a classic, the first modern attempt to bring the various Robin Hood ballads together in a single narrative, while preserving the feel of medieval prose--all the more remarkable because Pyle was American, not English. Pyle is perhaps best-remembered for his painting and drawing.
He taught and influenced several other classic illustrators in the "Brandywine School," including N. For "Robin Hood," he provided "medieval" pen-and-ink drawings and decorations, a perfect marriage of image and text.
This is a book I've loved since childhood, and I'm happy to find a reading that does justice to it. Our kids ages 6 up to 14 enjoyed this, asking for it in the car, snagging the Garmin Nuvi to listen in the house.
Clear and expressive diction, singing generally OK and sometimes terrific. The story was fabulous, the accents perfect and there wasn't a flaw.
Wonderful for everyone! Great story and well narrated. Thorn does it justice with his good accent and expression. Listening to this felt like a real, story-time of Robin Hood. So many narrations sound like dull, robots that detract rather than add to the experience, but this reading is fit to be called a performance.
Two thumbs up. The depth of characters the narrator accomplished. Who was your favorite character and why? Robin Hood--well acted and read. How does this one compare? Any additional comments?
David Thorn sings the songs in the book. Although not sure where they got the tunes from, he did very with that.