Helen Caister Robinson is an active member of the Canadian Authors Association, the Toronto Women's Press Club, the Writers' Union, Canscaip (the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers), and the Big Sisters' Association. Her numerous articles include contributions to the Canadian Children's Annual, Canada, and Your Home. Mrs.
Laura: A Portrait of Laura Secord is Helen Caister Robinsonâ€™s fourth book and her third biography for young readers. Mrs. Robinson is able to draw incisively the personality of each character she profiles, but also to depict vividly the times in which each one lived: the customs, the perceptions, and the problems.
When Helen Robinson focusses on a particular event, she truly engrosses the reader. She has a delicate touch, a compassionate perception, a sure understanding of human emotion and she can, without oversentimentalizing or being mawkish, bring real tears to the eyes of hardened adult readers.