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Sherwood Hardcover – June 19, 2000

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (June 19, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039923182X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399231827
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,186,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 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 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From 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) -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you've read lots of books about Robin Hood before, then this book will be especially good for you, although others will like it too. One of the problem with Robin Hood books is that they get repetitive, and one of the great things about this book is that the authors take what they already know about the outlaw, and then uses that to write their own stories about what could have happened. They take the basis for Robin Hood, and the ideals that they believe he represents to make completely original, suspenseful and often funny stories about him. I especially liked Mary Frances Zambreno's and Anna Kirwan stories, just because they were good on their own, without even being part of a book about Robin Hood. but my favorite was Adam Stemple's story, where he takes Robin Hood into the future with hilarious versions of the Sheriff and Guy of Guisborne. The illustrations throughout the book are also great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 11, 2010
Format: Turtleback
"Sherwood" is a collection of eight short stories all based around the legends of Robin Hood. Edited by long-time Hood aficionado Jane Yolen, most of the stories centre on original or minor characters that are in some way related to Robin and his Merry Men. Judging by the "About the Authors" segment at the back of the book, all the contributors have had previous writing experience in both the fantasy and the medievalist period, with works such as I Am Mordred, The Young Merlin Trilogy and A Plague of Sorcerers to their name. As such, each one certainly seems qualified to add to the ever-growing mass of Robin Hood-related stories, and the result is an attractive, interesting, varied collection of tales.

Jane Yolen herself explores Robin's mysterious birth in "Our Lady of the Greenwood" (a mystical account that wouldn't have been out of place in the 1980s "Robin of Sherwood") whilst Maxine Trottier provides a lovely account of Marian and Robin's first meeting, interestingly portraying Marian as the forest-loving runaway, as well as several bittersweet passages that are written with the future knowledge of this couple's legacy. In a similar vein, Anna Kirwan explodes Robin and Marian in their adolescence, just on the verge of courtship in "Under the Bending Yew," adding some extra color by using Old English dialogue.
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Format: Paperback
I first picked this book up at the age of twelve and fell in love. Seven years later I just finished reading it again and I found that several years and many versions of Robin Hood later, I love this book now as much as I loved it when I was twelve. I especially recommend the last short story in the book. The book is composed of various original Robin Hood short stories by different authors. Although the stories are original and don't all stick to the "traditional" Robin Hood stories, I still really enjoyed them, in fact I may have enjoyed them more because while they weren't the original legends, they seemed to capture the essence of the Robin Hood legend in a whole new set of stories that were brand new to me...and still just as good even when they weren't brand new to me anymore. A must read for all Robin Hood fans looking for something new, but still true to the old feel of their favorite hero.
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