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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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First penned in 1820, Washington Irving's humorous, yet haunting, narrative tells of a local schoolmaster whose lonely trot home turns into a night of fright when he is met on the road by the Headless Horseman. Adapted here for younger readers and accompanied by rich acrylics, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow endures as the finest of American ghost stories. First penned in 1820, Washington Irving's humorous, yet haunting, narrative tells of a local schoolmaster whose lonely trot home turns into a night of fright when he is met on the road by the Headless Horseman. Adapted here for younger readers and accompanied by rich acrylics, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow endures as the finest of American ghost stories.


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First penned in 1820, Washington Irving's humorous, yet haunting, narrative tells of a local schoolmaster whose lonely trot home turns into a night of fright when he is met on the road by the Headless Horseman. Adapted here for younger readers and accompanied by rich acrylics, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow endures as the finest of American ghost stories. First penned in 1820, Washington Irving's humorous, yet haunting, narrative tells of a local schoolmaster whose lonely trot home turns into a night of fright when he is met on the road by the Headless Horseman. Adapted here for younger readers and accompanied by rich acrylics, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow endures as the finest of American ghost stories.

30 review for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  1. 4 out of 5

    B.B. Mason

    Always loved this story. Cracking illustrations

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Hicks

    I enjoyed the children's version of this story. I enjoyed the children's version of this story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Read this for the Halloween season. Wonderful story, about the beauty of autumn in a Dutch village surrounded by beautiful farmland, some superstitious legends, and a timid man. This book had some of the most beautiful illustrations each one showing the character of each person. It’s a short story. I would highly recommend it for late October reading.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Powell

    A very nice adaptation of the story of Ichabod Crane, suitable for young readers. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    A great addition to our Halloween book collection. A good thrift store find. My daughter and I both enjoyed the telling of the story as well as the illustrations.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    Superstitious schoolmaster Ichabod Crane's ill-fated courtship of the local heiress leads him to a run-in with the ghost of the Headless Horseman. Since the cover art reminded me so much of the Disney animated adaptation from my childhood, I had expected something more like Walt Disney's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. But my high expectations were quickly dashed. While this is a fair adaptation for picture book readers, it emphasizes Ichabod Crane's faults and pretensions rather than portraying him Superstitious schoolmaster Ichabod Crane's ill-fated courtship of the local heiress leads him to a run-in with the ghost of the Headless Horseman. Since the cover art reminded me so much of the Disney animated adaptation from my childhood, I had expected something more like Walt Disney's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. But my high expectations were quickly dashed. While this is a fair adaptation for picture book readers, it emphasizes Ichabod Crane's faults and pretensions rather than portraying him as a charmingly oblivious doofus from Disney's animated film, and the illustrations are deliberately distorted and grotesque.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    The upside of this version is it is targeted at a younger audience. The oil paint illustrations are graphically strong and play up the humor, unfortunately the book design undercuts their power. the gutter often bisects the illustrations in a way that makes them difficult to decipher. As it is the only picture book treatment I could find it is worth inclusion.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Classic...great read-aloud for Halloween week at school.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Ridgeway

    Great to read each October right before Halloween.

  10. 4 out of 5

    becky

    i have to admit that the johnny depp film by the same name has somewhat impaired my recollection of the original story. katrina? brom bones? all but forgotten.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mary Allen

  12. 4 out of 5

    Miri

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jc Fernald

  14. 5 out of 5

    Letly K Afualo

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shelley H.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Cusick

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Boege

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Bomes

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Harrington

  20. 5 out of 5

    Grand Me

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kitty Kestrel

  22. 5 out of 5

    babygirl luna

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kate Greenstreet

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

  25. 5 out of 5

    CARLA McMurry-Kozak

  26. 4 out of 5

    Holly

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Edgin

  29. 4 out of 5

    Reston Zierman

  30. 4 out of 5

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