A superstitious schoolmaster, in love with a wealthy farmer's daughter, has a terrifying encounter with a headless horseman.
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Grade 3-6-A sensitive and lively retelling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" that preserves all of its main characters and familiar action. Downplaying Irving's social satire allows the supernatural atmosphere to dominate the tale. The text is not dumbed down, however: words like herculean, unsurpassed, crestfallen, and careened flavor the pages. The illustrations, too, have a level of sophistication that will satisfy older readers without entirely baffling younger ones. Against a variety of green tones, red-orange hues strike notes ranging from autumnal to lurid. The artist's style is reminiscent of Chagall's. A strong hint of Ichabod in the scarecrow on the last spread emphasizes the gangly schoolmaster's final humiliation and defeat. An adaptation that might whet readers' appetites for the original.
Patricia (Dooley) Lothrop Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. This concise distillation of Washington Irving's classic is as accessible to youngsters who want to read alone as it is to children who simply want to be listeners. Emma Harding's paintings are an eerie counterpoint to the concentrated story, with their almost surreal flavor and autumn palette lending nuances not necessarily present in the text itself. Dark and brooding, they add a gloomy subtext that is both powerful and disconcerting, and they restore subtleties to the story that disappeared with Irving's original, elegant language. A solid addition to the holiday shelf and to collections of books for transitional readers. Janice Del Negro
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Book Description Henry Holth & Co (J), 1995. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0805035842
Book Description Henry Holth & Co (J), 1995. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110805035842
Book Description Henry Holth & Co (J). LIBRARY BINDING. Book Condition: New. 0805035842 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1311774