Robin Hood and Little John

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The legendary people's hero meets his match when he does battle with a giant of a man who proves not only to be a worthy opponent, but a courageous comrade-in-arms. This is a spirited retelling of the mighty battle that launched the friendship between Robin Hood and Little John. "This easy version of a well-known tale of friendship will be a sure-fire hit.." - School Library Journal "The illustrations are lush with the textures and colors of Sherwood Forest, to which readers are transported in this beguiling ...
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Overview

The legendary people's hero meets his match when he does battle with a giant of a man who proves not only to be a worthy opponent, but a courageous comrade-in-arms. This is a spirited retelling of the mighty battle that launched the friendship between Robin Hood and Little John. "This easy version of a well-known tale of friendship will be a sure-fire hit.." - School Library Journal "The illustrations are lush with the textures and colors of Sherwood Forest, to which readers are transported in this beguiling version of a long-loved tale." - Booklist

Recounts the circumstances of the the first meeting between Little John and Robin Hood.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cohen's (Molly's Pilgrim) posthumously published tale makes a picture book out of a central development in the Robin Hood canon-how Little John became Robin Hood's ``best friend and right-hand man.'' The author brings verve and rhythm to the familiar story of Robin's solo meeting with John Little, their battle with staffs, Robin's defeat and their resulting mutual admiration. Ray's (Greyling) stylized paintings add drama with striking perspectives. In Robin's first encounter with John, for example, Ray balances the full figure of Robin on one end of a log bridge, showing only the foot of John on the other. Appealing as the story is, some parents may not wish to introduce the classic cycle with this episode, in which, after all, fighting well gains one entry into a group; the playground implications might be unfortunate. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
The tale of Robin Hood meeting John Little (or Little John as he came to be called) has been retold many times. This version is a bit disappointing. It doesn't really tell anything new or give a fresh angle to the story. In a retelling, often the illustrations can lend a interesting new perspective to the tale. Unfortunately, Ray's pictures, although unusual in their limited pallet and strange lighting, are inconsistent in quality and seem unintentionally primitive.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A simplified retelling of Robin Hood's meeting with John Little. Cohen covers the familiar plot of the giant knocking Robin Hood in the stream, Robin splitting the giant's arrow, and the ``christening'' of John Little as Little John. Told in a direct manner, the narrative has enough lively dialogue to add zest and plenty of action. Ray's full-page stylized illustrations are done in rich, almost burnished shades of forest green, gold, and brown. Characters and scenery have an appealing, sculpted, 3-D effect. The title appears on the back cover while a dramatic full-page cover image of Robin drawing his bow pulls readers into the story. Though excellent for individual reading, the book's large size and open format make it also appropriate for group sharing. This easy version of a well-known tale of friendship will be a surefire hit in most libraries.-Judith L. Miller, formerly at Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, IN
Ellen Mandel
The title and author being relegated to the back of the dust jacket, the powerfully drawn Robin Hood tautly pulling back on his bow and eyeing his target snares readers' attention from the jacket front. Once inside the book, readers are rewarded by Cohen's colorful retelling of the legend in which the notorious outlaw meets his right-hand man, Little John. The struggle between Robin Hood and the giant stranger, Robin's good-natured defeat, and the mutual respect that blossoms from that first confrontation are excitingly conveyed in flowing prose, while Ray's distinctive art reflects the strength--both the character and the physical prowess--of the legendary figures. The illustrations are lush with the textures and colors of Sherwood Forest, to which readers are transported in this beguiling version of a long-loved tale. A source note precedes the telling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399227325
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/12/1995
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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