The Adventures of Robin Hood

Well, I know it’s been way too long since I last wrote a post, but I’m back and ready for action. Some years ago, I went through a  bit of a Robin Hood phase. I watched the Errol Flynn movie, I read any book that had to do with him, I even grabbed two sticks from the front yard and pretended they were a bow and arrow. I might have made anyone walking by a little nervous. But anyway, this is one of the first books about Robin I read. The Adventures of Robin Hood, by Roger Lancelyn Green. This book covers in detail the noble and eventful life of Robert of Locksley, who, when England was placed under the tyranny of Prince John in the absence of his brother, stepped up and became an outlaw going by the name of Robin Hood. The now-famous name of the man that collected a band of men willing to fight John and “rob from the rich to feed the poor”. I will note that this is not a book for young children, in other words, it’s not the Disney version. You know what I mean, there was bloodshed. Still, it is not a book to be missed. It’s a great account of Robin Hood’s adventure’s and will please any boy or girl. It may get little confusing, what with the speech of the era, but it is an engaging book, with gorgeous illustrations that only make it better. It does Robin justice, from his beginning to his end. Go check it out!

July 24, 2011: 3 posts to go!

The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

I don’t know how many of you are aware of this, but April is National Poetry Month. So, what better way to celebrate it than writing some poetry posts, huh? I wouldn’t be surprised if nearly any person reading this knew the name of The Dream Keeper and Other Poems, written by the well-known Langston Hughes, but how many of you have actually read it? It’s a stupendous collection of poems on all things, from the rise and fall of the ocean to quiet girls. Not only do these works entertain, but they also give a bit of an insight to the author and how he lived. I’ve found that many books do. The poems are made even better by the unique illustrations of Brian Pinkney. This book will satisfy anyone, a sailor, a fashion designer, a dreamer, and you.  So, to commemorate National Poetry Month, why don’t you give it a try? I’m sure good old Langston would be pleased!

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

How can I even describe such an amazing book? I’m sure plenty of you have heard of this one: The real-life diary of a teenager called Anne Frank who hid for two years from the Nazis ages ago. Now if you like to read books that are sure to have happy endings, that’s fine, but THIS? This is not to be missed, sad or not. A more touching and thought-provoking book I’m not sure if I’ve read. Not only did the brave girl face the cruelty and torture of the Nazis, she also coped with inner, personal problems such as ones with family. Perhaps some young girls could even relate to some of these. Anne Frank’s story is, in my opinion, one of the most inspiring in literature. It’s one of the few books that brought me to tears, and I get the feeling it would do that to almost anyone. It makes someone realize so much about life and what people like Anne went through during the Holocaust. Anne boldly touched on some tentative topics, but some people may commend her for being so honest. I, for one, admire her. And you would, too, if you read this.

A Little Princess

Yes, she’s a little princess, alright. Sara Crewe is the most princess-like girl you could be, without actually being royal. She’s kind, pretty, polite, and just…princessy! Frances Hodgson Burnett, noted author of The Secret Garden, is the creator of A Little Princess, and I must say, she knows her fantasy. Sara is the pampered daughter of Captain Crewe, and she is left at a boarding school in England while he returns to India. There, she is just as spoiled by Miss Minchin as she was by her father. But, on her eleventh birthday, news arrives: Terrible misfortune befell Captain Crewe,and he is unable to provide for Sara any longer. Enraged, Miss Minchin immediately sets Sara to work as a poor servant, in the very household where she had been treated like royalty. Somehow, Sara manages to keep a hold on herself and the rules she lives by. And maybe is rewarded by a miracle or two along the way. I very much liked the fantastic plot and lovable characters of this story, which was written in good language. I especially suggest people purchase this book for little girls who are big fans of fairy tales, because this is just such a book.

Nutcracker

Nutcracker, Illustrated by Maurice SendakWho hasn’t heard of the Nutcracker, and in this festive season, it’s even harder to miss. I discovered the book on my shelf last year, and decided I’d give it a try. I knew a bit of the story, like how a little girl called Marie Stahlbaum gets a nutcracker for Christmas, but that is only a fragment of the tale. In reality, the book is much more. True, Marie does receive a nutcracker for Christmas, but did you know that he came to life that night as she played in the glass cabinet, just in time to do battle with the evil seven-headed mouse king and his army? I didn’t think so. Gradually, the little girl is drawn into a fantastical world, filled with interesting characters like Princess Pirlipat, Madam Mouserinks, and Godfather Drosselmeir, of course. And the valiant and loyal Nutcracker is at the center of it all. I quite enjoyed this book because of the out-of-this-world plot and the pleasing characters. I strongly advise you end the holiday season in a good way, by reading this book.

The Three Musketeers

First things first: this is most definitely a summer or vacation read. You do not want to carry a full-length copy of The Three Musketeers (by Alexandre Dumas) in your backpack to school or work. Sooner or later, you’ll break your back. This book is about a young Gascon youth named d’Artagnan, intent on finding a place with the noble and courageous King’s Musketeers. But after an incident along the way, he loses the letter to M. de Treville, but still finds himself being admitted…into the guards of M. de Essarts. But even without being a Musketeer, d’Artagnan manages to make friends with a few. So, it is along with Athos, Aramis, and Porthos that our hero is swept up into a world of conspiracies and danger, up against the villainous Cardinal Richelieu and Countess de Winter. This book was a little too long for me; you could say that Alexandre Dumas was rather too fond of writing. Nevertheless, this book has all the elements it needs to be considered an okay read. If you ever have a lot of time on your hands and find yourself without something to read, you might consider this.