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Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley (American Legends) Paperback – July 21, 2011
"There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider" by Jennifer Ward
From the creators of the bestselling There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog comes a spooky rendition of the popular “Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” song. | Learn more
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I discovered where and how the Hessian lost his head. I found direct borrowing Irving made from German literature and a diabolical idea taken from the Bard of Scotland Robert Burns. The real story lies in unique Dutch-American custom.
The story of the first spell cast over Sleepy Hollow begins with ancient Native lore, has a link to Henry Hudson, and grows with help from prejudice against witchcraft. Further, other ghosts of note inhabit the region. Major Andre, (Benedict Arnold's co-conspirator) though hanged in Old Tappan NJ, haunts Sleepy Hollow. The White Lady wailing before storms actually is a layer of several spirits reaching back to pagan Europe.
There's much more than accounts of local lore in this book. It's history, scholarship, folktales and a tracing of the most plausible route of the famed chase of Ichabod Crane by the headless horseman. It's full of informed tales only a real storyteller from the area would know.
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1596297980
- ISBN-13 : 978-1596297982
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.31 x 9 inches
- Publisher : The History Press (July 21, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #189,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Abridged but not rewritten, the classic tale is decorated with a plethora of very small, comically gothic cartoons that add an air of spooky grotesquerie. An overall color scheme of pale browns and oranges adds a properly autumnal air to Sleepy Hollow's knobby woodlands, and the supporting cast includes nearly as many ghosts, toothy imps and the like as it does human figures. "
I don't get it. There is not one illustration in this book.
This little corner of America is one of our national treasures and so is Mr. Kruk's book.
I would also recommend getting the CD recording of Kruk's animated reading of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." It's prefect for a long car ride with children during the Halloween season. Better yet, go to Sleepy Hollow, NY during October and watch Kruk perform it live at the Old Dutch Church.