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The Adventures of Robin Hood (Puffin Classics) [Paperback]

Roger Green , Arthur Hall
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25 Mar 2004 Puffin Classics
The classic story of social justice and outrageous cunning. Robin Hood is champion of the poor and oppressed by twelfth-century England against the cruel power of Prince John and the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham. He takes refuge with his Merrie Men in the vast Sherwood Forest, emerginh time and again to outwit his enemies with daring and panache.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Classics; New Ed edition (25 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140367004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140367003
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 690,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roger Lancelyn Green was born in 1918 and lived in Oxford and at his family home in Cheshire, which the Greens had owned for more than 900 years. He loved storytelling and was fascinated by traditional fairy tales, myths and legends from around the world. He was a professional actor, a librarian and a teacher. His retellings include Egyptian, Greek and Norse legends, plus a retelling of Robin Hood. He also wrote many books for adults, including a biography of his friend C. S. Lewis, creator of the The Chronicles of Narnia. Roger Lancelyn Green died in 1987.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Most readers have heard of or know about Robin Hood so I won't go into too much detail about the story, it is a well known classic, but I will review the way the book is presented.

The presentation makes this book stand out; it has a green fabric cover, gold lettering and a period picture of Robin and Marion on the front. It feels like a book should, very tactile, it smells like a book and being hard back it should with care, stand the test of time. Maybe even as a hand me down from one generation to another.

There are 24 separate stories of adventures, and they are illustrated by one picture every other chapter, so it is not really a visual book, rather it is one to be read.

The first publication of this Everyman Children's Classic was in 1956 so the English language style is more like the traditional story of the period it was written in; it appears not to have been changed into a more contemporary style.

`Come back to Sherwood with me, jolly Friar,' begged Robin `I have come hither to seek you, with a summons from the Lady Marion, whose confessor you were. Truly when you broke my head with your staff I guessed you were the man I sought.'

Friar Tuck speaking to Robin.

It is a classic; the presentation of the book is first class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Rollicking Ride in Sherwood 21 Aug 2014
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Two other books by Roger Lancelyn Green (The High Deeds of Finn MacCool and King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table) are amongst my favourite from my childhood. I read them innumerable times, and they along with other books by members of The Inklings (Tolkien and CS Lewis) basically defined the archetype for those kinds of books which I now find myself drawn to.

I only pieced this all together relatively recently, however; searching online for editions of books I half-remembered. When I came across this copy of Robin Hood by RL Green I didn't hesitate to "add it to my basket" (and there are many more besides which I will be investigating). I am happy I have made these investigations. This is another classic which though written for children is no less enjoyable for adults. RL Green's works have a wonderful simplicity to them. They are the distillate of what a really good story should be. His attention to source material is also admirable, and within the introduction of this book he has provided a fascinating outline of the history of the legends of Robin Hood. I couldn't recommend this book and moreover this author more strongly.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This book is very good for a light read--it delves into the mystery and legend of Robin Hood in a manageable way.

The stories include when our hero Robin meets Little John, rescues his outlaws from the capture of the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, under the command of Prince John, and battles Guy of Gisborne.

The character of Marian is also well presented in this group of tales--she is not a wet character, and rivals Robin with both a sword and bow.

I have one negative about this book, which is the fact that it is written in Old English and is thus hard to understand.

However, this could also add to the authenticity of the tales and contributes to the overall effect.

In conclusion, this book is a wonderful read and is a great starting point for the legend that is Robin Hood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Adventure-loving kids. 1 April 1998
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I read this book when I was a kid, and I can't recommend it highly enough to parents and kids who are looking for classic high adventure. It's timeless, yet provides good role models for boys (Robin Hood was the original cool do-gooder) and for girls, since Roger Greene's Maid Marian is more than a match for Robin with sword and bow and arrow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent night time read for the kids 24 May 2013
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It's nice to have a well- structured novel to read to the kids with no gimmicks or post - modern twists/ a nod and a wint to the parent who is reading it. Robin Hood is a classic story beautifully written with each chapter topped with some verse from an obscure medieval poet. Illustrations fantastic too. Kids love it and it's a great intro to the relationship between story/ myth and history.
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