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Rip Van Winkle's Return

3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  1 review
Rip Van Winkle is an idler who would rather starve for a penny than work for a pound, and his wife is constantly nagging him. In search of peace, Rip heads off to the woods one day with his faithful dog, Wolf. High up in the Catskill Mountains, Rip meets an unusual group of little men. He drinks their strong beverage and falls into a deep sleep. When he awakens, he finds t ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 2007)
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S. Todd Strader
When I first picked up Rip Van Winkle's Return I thought it might be an expansion of Irving's original. In fact, as one might expect, it is a simplified retelling. It is well done and I like Eric Kimmel's choices to show Dame Van Winkle's point of view in a more sympathetic light and to add a redemptive element to Rip's journey though time. The moral warring regarding the dangers of idleness is as timely as ever. It convinced me to abstain from Face Book and play Mine Craft for the rest of the d ...more
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Eric A. Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He attended PS 193, Andries Hudde Junior High School, and Midwood High School. Brooklyn College was across the street from his high school, so he didn’t want to go there. He headed west, to Easton, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Lafayette College in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.
Eric worked as an elementary school teache
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