This is a beautiful retelling of the Robin Hood legends, skillfully blending myth with historical realism. The urgency of the story is increased for children by the device of framing the legend with the story of a modern boy, who finds ancient relics of Robin himself.
What makes this recorded version particularly special is the reading, by Morpurgo himself. Not all authors are the best readers of their own work, but in this case it is hard to imagine a more vital, vivid and moving narration. My children were moved to tears by the death of Robin, a tribute to a great legend, a wonderful retelling and an outstanding presentation.