Synopses & Reviews
In Merry England, in the time of old when good King Henry the Second ruled the land, there lived within the green glades of Sherwood Forest near Nottingham Town a famous outlaw whose name was Robin Hood. No archer ever lived that could speed a gray goose shaft with such skill and cunning as his, nor were there ever such yeomen as the sevenscore merry men that roamed with him through the greenwood shades.
He stole from the rich and gave to the poor, and in so doing became an undying symbol of virtue. But most important, Robin Hood and his band of merry men offer young audiences more than enough adventure and thrills to keep them listening intently. Filled with action, villains, and surprises, who could resist the arrows flying, danger lurking, and medieval intrigue?
Howard Pyle tells the gripping adventures of the brave, good-humored outlaw Robin Hood and his cohorts Friar Tuck, Little John, and Will Scarlet as they outsmart the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham in Sherwood Forest.
Here are the beloved adventures of the mischievous hero Robin Hood and his brave and merry band of outlaws who forged a chivalrous code to protect the oppressed and despoil the oppressors.
About the Author
Howard Pyle was born in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1853. A Quaker, he attended the Friends' School in Wilmington. But he spent much of his time there "scrawling drawings on his slate and in his books." Realizing their son's lack of interest in studying, the Pyles gave up on the idea of sending Howard to college and instead encouraged him to study art. At sixteen, he began three years of daily commutes to Philadelphia in order to study under the Belgian artist Van der Weilen. These classes would be the only systematic training in art that Pyle would receive, but they provided a solid foundation in the technique of drawing.After three years of study, he set up a studio in Wilmington and helped his father in his leather business while beginning his fledgling career as an illustrator. His earliest work was published in Scribner's Monthly in 1876. He moved to New York, where he was associated to some extent with the Art Students' League of New York City. His early illustrations, short stories, and poems appeared in the leading New York periodicals between 1876 and 1879. He was, in fact, a well-known artist and writer for Harpers Weekly.In 1910, Pyle relocated his family to Florence, Italy, where he hoped to study and pursue the painting of murals. In November 1911, he suddenly became ill and died of a kidney infection at the age of fifty-eight.During his lifetime, Pyle wrote and illustrated the following works: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Nottinghamshire; Within the Capes; Pepper and Salt, or Seasoning for Young Folk; The Rose of Paradise; The Wonder Clock or Four and Twenty Marvelous Tales; Otto of the Silver Hand; A Modern Aladdin; Men of Iron, a Romance of Chivalry; Jack Ballister's Fortune; Twilight Land; and The Garden Behind the Moon. A highly respected and enthusiastic audiobook narrator, David Case specialized in creating unique and interesting character voices. AudioFile magazine named him a Golden Voice, writing after he died in 2005 that "David's cultured British voice, his flair for accents and dialects, and his comedic timing made him one of the industry's most sought-after narrators." He narrated over 700 audiobooks. In one of his last interviews, David said, "I really believe I was born to record audiobooks." Fans everywhere tend to agree.