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Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow

Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow

by Cari Meister (Retold by), Necdet Yilmaz (Illustrator), Hilary Wacholz (Designed by), Melissa Kes (Contribution by), Picture Window Books Staff

The sheriff has an arrow-shooting contest, hoping to catch the best arrow-shooter, Robin Hood. But a strange man in red wins the prize instead.


The sheriff has an arrow-shooting contest, hoping to catch the best arrow-shooter, Robin Hood. But a strange man in red wins the prize instead.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Julie Lodermeier
This Robin Hood story focuses on the hero's adventures while tricking the greedy sheriff and is an excellent and captivating retelling of the famous legend. Children will learn about legends and values. Readers will be intrigued to see if the Sheriff spots a disguised Robin when they notice a green sleeve peeking out of the cleverly concealed hero's costume. The story is illustrated in vibrant watercolors and digital images that add to the story. For example, a lush green field spanning two pages introduces Robin Hood. The pictures have details that will intrigue and encourage children to point out items like a scared cat or bushy tailed squirrel, which will increase conversation potential. The broad vocabulary allows parents and teachers to pause while reading and explore words like townspeople and cloaks. There is a complex language structure, with a variety of narration and punctuation. The different voices in the story give readers a chance to add interest to the story by using different voices and intonation. Reviewer: Julie Lodermeier
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2–The books in this level of the series claim to present “more challenging ideas, a broad vocabulary range, and expanded sentence structure.” Sword in the Stone and Golden Arrow are choppy. The more complex sentence structures implement the use of simple words effectively but, when interspersed with the many short sentences, result in a disjointed feel. Black Knight and Tricky Butcher flow better and have more character development. Still, all of the tales are stripped down to bare bones and lose much of the backstories, adventure, and charm. Mato has the boys lost and stranded on the top of the tower, then flashes forward to their adulthood, leaving readers to wonder how they got out of their predicament. Layout is the same in all of the books: text at the top of most pages and colorful illustrations filling in the rest of the space. The best use of these titles would be as introductions to the legends for slow or reluctant readers. Children already at this reading level might be better served by picture-book versions of the tales, such as Robert San Souci’s Young Arthur (Doubleday, 1997). It’s a bit more difficult, but it has a more engaging story.–Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Read-It! Readers: Legends Series
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)
400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Cari Meister has written more than a hundred books for children, including the "Tiny" series (Penguin) and the "Meet the Monsters" series (Stone Arch Books). She has received many awards for her books. Most recently, "Airplane Adventure" (Stone Arch Books), was named to "Parents" magazine Best Books for 2010. Cari has been fascinated by the night sky ever since she can remember. Her love of space and stars led her to Space Camp when she was growing up. Today, Cari lives in the mountains of Colorado, with her husband, four boys, two horses and one dog.

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