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Young Robin Hood Review by Courtney Larson

George Manville Fenn
Salem Ridge Press
4263 Salem Drive
Emmaus, PA 18049

Young Robin Hood is a reprint of George Manville Fenn's book, which was originally published in 1900. It is a wonderful story about a little boy named Robin. He was abandoned in Sherwood Forest by his caretaker, who was supposed to safely deliver him from his Aunt's home to his father's home, but instead left him in the forest when they were robbed. While attempting to escape a bully, Robin stumbles upon Robin Hood and his Merry Men (including Little John and Maid Marian). They take Robin in, care for him, and teach him the ways of the forest. The reader gets to follow Robin's adventures as he explores Sherwood Forest and learns skills such as using a bow and arrow under the watchful eye of Little John. Through it all, Young Robin never forgets his father, the Sherriff of Nottingham, who is eventually able to come and rescue his son.

This superb reprint of Young Robin Hood is recommended for ages 6-10. The text is easy for younger eyes to read because of pleasant type size (not too large and not too small) and line spacing. The vocabulary is more challenging than most children's books written today, however it is not overly difficult and it didn't stop my 9, 8, and 6 year old sons from devouring this book. Any words that aren't commonly used anymore are defined at the bottom of the page. While there aren't many of these words, it is a helpful feature. The text is lightly peppered with well-done black and white illustrations. This is an engaging book as well as a lovely reprint. I would highly recommend it.

Product Review by Courtney Larson, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, February, 2009