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by Various, Jane Yolen (Editor)

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Huzzah! Welcome to Sherwood Forest, home to Robin Hood and his merry men. Here you will find eight all new tales—some as tall as the trees—from some of today's most respected names in fantasy. From Jane Yolen's eerie account of Robin's mysterious birth, to Nancy Springer's poignant telling of the time the Sheriff of Nottingham's son tried to capture Robin,


Huzzah! Welcome to Sherwood Forest, home to Robin Hood and his merry men. Here you will find eight all new tales—some as tall as the trees—from some of today's most respected names in fantasy. From Jane Yolen's eerie account of Robin's mysterious birth, to Nancy Springer's poignant telling of the time the Sheriff of Nottingham's son tried to capture Robin, to Mary Frances Zambreno's adventure featuring Robin's grandson as he learns to continue his grandfather's legacy, these are stories that will delight both the most casual and the most ardent of Robin Hood fans.

Luxurious full-color illustrations by renowned painter Dennis Nolan make this a book worth giving, as well as worth reading.

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Children's Literature
Crafted by master word weavers, this wonderful collection of eight original short stories adds new designs and textures to the to tapestry of Robin Hood lore. Jane Yolan spins a magical tale of Robin's birth and naming in "Our Lady of the Greenwood." In Trottier's "Marion," it's child's play with a feminist bent when tenyearold Marion leads a young Robin of Locksley to the heart of Sherwood Forest. Kirwan portrays Marion, Robin, and Will as young adults in "Under the Bending Yew" and engages them in an archery comeuppance with twist. A young outlaw's quest for revenge leads to compassion and selfdiscovery in Nancy Springer's moving story, "Know Your True Enemy." Esaias introduces a new generation of "merry men" in "The Children's War," and Harris highlights Robin's cunning in "Straight and True." Robin Hood's grandson thunders onto the page in Mary Frances Zambreno's "At Fountain Abby." And in Adam Stemple's humorous "Robin Hood v. 1.5.3," delighted readers will find Robin's cyber spirit redistributing the world's wealth through the Internet. A beautiful painting enhances each story. 2000, Penguin Putnam/Philomel Books, Ages 12 up, $19.99. Reviewer: Ellen R. Braaf
Yolen has brought together another fine collection of stories, all based on the characters and lore of Robin Hood. These eight original tales range from further adventures of Robin and his merry men in the traditional vein, to humor, science fiction, and a dark tale of the violent life led in Sherwood Forest. Yolen's introduction recounts how she encountered the tales and gives some of the unique history of these beloved characters. She contributes a story titled Our Lady of the Greenwood. Of note is Know Your True Enemy by Nancy Springer, in which Robin Hood and the son of the Sheriff of Nottingham contemplate the meanings of their fathers in their lives. The humorous Robin Hood v. 1.5.3 by Adam Stemple tells of a future Sheriff of Nottingham who goes up against a computer Robin Hood that transfers money from the rich to the poor. Other contributors are Anna Kirwan, Maxine Trotter, and Robert J. Harris. This book will be of interest to readers of the fairy talebased novels by Robin McKinley and Gail Carson Levine, as well as anyone interested in the Robin Hood legend itself. There is humor and adventure enough for reluctant readers, and several of the stories would be great readalouds in a classroom or library setting. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Philomel, Ages 12 to 18, 144p, $19.99. Reviewer: Hillary Theyer
In Sherwood—a volume similar to her Camelot—Jane Yolen has collected eight original stories set in and around the legends of Robin Hood. They tell of his mysterious birth and naming; of Maid Marian's childhood; of Robin's outwitting robber barons; and of Robin's wise and generous leadership. While the tone of this volume is 'merry,' the stories vary from reverence to irony, revealing cracks in the character of this well-known legend. Telling tales of betrayal and faithfulness, Yolen accompanies her collection with the painterly illustrations of Dennis Nolan's Sherwood Forest and quickly paced narratives to appeal to young audiences. Genre: Legends of Robin Hood 2000, Philomel Books, 134p
School Library Journal
Gr 4-9-Nine short stories about Robin Hood and his legacy are chronologically presented, from Yolen's tale of his mystical birth to Adam Stemple's story of Robin's adventurous spirit redistributing wealth through the Internet. While the compilation may lack the poignancy and depth of human perception found in some full-length works, and hero worship and villain vilification create one-sided characters, all of the writers' skills are unquestionably high. Clever application of folkloric elements to original stories combined with consistency and smooth writing will enliven the imaginations of all Robin Hood enthusiasts. They will also enjoy the variety of viewpoints. Nolan has provided skillful soft-hued illustrations, one for each story. The glossy plates accurately depict one aspect of each story, but for the most part lack the text's irony, playfulness, or danger. Offer this to readers after Robin McKinley's Outlaws of Sherwood (Greenwillow, 1988), Monica Furlong's Robin's Country (Knopf, 1995), Theresa Tomlinson's Forestwife (1995) and Child of the May (1998), and Michael Cadnum's In a Dark Wood (1998, all Orchard).-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Prolific Yolen (Not One Damsel in Distress, 2000, etc.) proffers eight tales that further embroider the legend of Robin Hood, by a mix of new and veteran authors. Most of the episodes center around a younger version of the hero or one of his followers: Yolen herself opens by recounting the newborn Robin's introduction to the Fair Folk; in the following two stories, Robin and the formidable Marian meet as children. In Nancy Springer's "Know Your True Enemy," an outlaw child thirsting for vengeance after the killing of his father finds himself saving the life of the Sheriff of Nottingham's son. The legend passes to the next generation in Mary Frances Zambreno's contribution, and Adam Stemple takes it hilariously into our own future by setting an Artificial Intelligence with a Robin Hood complex loose in cyberspace. Though the stories will stand alone, readers already familiar with Robin's career and better-known associates will have a leg up; consider this an intermediate step between Jane Louise Curry's Robin Hood in the Green Wood (1995) and novel-length treatments, from Robin McKinley's Outlaws of Sherwood (1988) to Michael Cadnum's In a Dark Wood (1998). (Illustrations, not seen) (Short stories. 10-13)

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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7.12(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.62(d)
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