For one who was brought up on the original Howard Pyle text, it is a concession to acknowledge that this selection of twelve of the stories has a better chance with today's youngsters than the longer text, with its antiquated language. Howard Pyle did this text -- made this selection- before his death, for a school edition. Now reissued, with illustrations remade from the original drawings, this should serve as an ideal introduction to the Robin Hood saga. We read how he became an outlaw, how he met the best known of his comrades,- Little John, Will Stutely, Arthur a Bland, Will Scarlet, Friar Tuck and others. There's a generous variety of exploits, shooting matches, blows struck in defense of the poor, encounters with the Sheriff of Nottingham. And at the end, there's the meeting with King Richard- and the pardon.