Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow


Robert San Souci retells the classic and humorous tale of Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow.

Acclaimed author Robert San Souci and Caldecott Honor illustrator and Coretta Scott King Award winner E. B. Lewis retell the classic legend of Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow.
Robin Hood and his loyal band create a plan to outsmart the Sheriff of Nottingham by attending an archery contest in disguise. In the end, it is ...

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Robert San Souci retells the classic and humorous tale of Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow.

Acclaimed author Robert San Souci and Caldecott Honor illustrator and Coretta Scott King Award winner E. B. Lewis retell the classic legend of Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow.
Robin Hood and his loyal band create a plan to outsmart the Sheriff of Nottingham by attending an archery contest in disguise. In the end, it is Robin Hood and his friends who have the last laugh.
Kids of all ages will cheer for this classic tale based on the traditional story of Robin Hood.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
San Souci's picture book focuses on a particular slice of the long-held conflict between Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham. In the pages of this account, the sheriff is frustrated by his inability to capture the wily do-gooder and his Merry Men. So, he decides to lure them out of the woods by holding an archery contest. He knows Robin Hood cannot resist an opportunity to show off his skill with a bow and arrow. He's right—Robin Hood does enter the contest. However, thanks to a change of clothes and a handy eye patch, he goes undetected and ultimately takes the prize. Later, he sends a message to the sheriff to gloat about his victory. Without the back story of Robin Hood's good deeds and the sheriff's greed, this story lacks substance. The focus seems nothing more than a clash of egos taken to the extreme, and one wonders why they should root for Robin Hood over the sheriff; both parties seem equally prideful. Still, tales about the Sherwood Forest leader continue to be popular, and E.B. Lewis' illustrations are worth poring over. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Based on the traditional English ballad, this picture book concentrates on the episode when the Sheriff of Nottingham tries to capture Robin Hood by luring him from the woods for an archery contest. The text is straightforward, making this book a good entry point into the legend for younger readers. The author maintains a lighthearted tone throughout, building anticipation for Robin's triumph, then adding a final bonus when the Merry Men give a parting gift to the Sheriff, a taunting poem. In an author's note, San Souci explains his research and how his version evolved from other sources. Lewis's watercolor paintings are in the N.C. Wyeth vein, but with a fresh, energetic interpretation. Less idealized than Wyeth's, these characters look like real men. The Sheriff, with his crownlike hat, purple robe, and haughty expression, appears rather regal, but his villain status is clear. Fans of San Souci's collection of Arthurian picture books will be pleased by his take on another classic.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
Kirkus Reviews
The roots of this particular Robin Hood tale date to the 15th century. San Souci bases his retelling on a Child ballad and on Howard Pyle's late-19th-century story. The Sheriff of Nottingham attempts to lure Robin and his Merry Men into an archery contest, at which the Sheriff can round up the band and arrest them. Robin wins the golden arrow, disguising himself as a beggar with an eye patch and dyed hair, but he makes sure the Sheriff knows who won--from a safe distance--with an arrow-delivered missive. Award-winner Lewis draws young readers in with the splendid cover image of Robin in close-up facing the viewer, arrow notched and bowstring pulled back and ready for release. The watercolor pictures, reminiscent of both Pyle and N.C. Wyeth, are full of mottled greens and dappled light, with powerful figures running, shooting arrows or standing nobly. It is a feast to look upon, although, sadly, Marian does not figure in this version, so there are no female figures at all. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439625388
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 489,921
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert D. San Souci is the author of more than sixty-five picture books and story collections for young readers, including The Reluctant Dragon, illustrated by John Segal, a retelling of Kenneth Graham’s classic, as well as The Talking Eggs, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, and The Faithful Friend, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, both Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honor Books. His other accolades include two Aesop Awards from the Children’s Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society, two Commonwealth Club of California Silver Medals, and numerous other awards. A lifelong resident of California, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

E. B. Lewis Won a Caldecott Honor for COMING ON HOME SOON by Jacqueline Woodson. He has also won the Coretta Scott King Award and Coretta Scott King Honor three times. He graduated from Temple University's Tyler School of Art and now teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Mr Lewis lives in Folsom, New Jersey. Visit to learn more.

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