The One and Only Robin Hood
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The poem on our front cover is taken from Figgie Hobbin by Charles Causley, with illustrations by Gerald Rose, re-issued by Macmillan (0 333 12078 7, £7.50) in May 1990. Figgie Hobbin was first published in 1970 and has remained in print ever since. We are grateful to Macmillan for help in using this illustration.
This begins as a question and answer version of 'Sing a Song of Sixpence', ('Who was in the counting house counting out the money?' 'The King') and then Robin Hood gets involved, ('Who burst into the counting house and took the money from the King?'). The King's money is to go to the poor, of course, despite attempts by the King to get it back. Very enjoyable, original and with cheerful, busy illustrations, this is highly appealing to a wide age-range, including those who do remember 'who is feared by the bad, loved by the good?'.