The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the classic tale of Ichabod Crane, the scraggly school teacher, and his encounter with the Headless Horseman of SleepyThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the classic tale of Ichabod Crane, the scraggly school teacher, and his encounter with the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.
I knew this was a short book. But I had no idea how little there really was to it. Granted, I spaced out during a great deal of the time I was listening to it. I probably shouldn't have been listening to anything at all, at the time. But I was surprised at how little there was to the story. Basically, we get introduced to all the characters, then Ichabod gets invited to a party where he hopes to press his suit with the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, then he gets chased by the Headless Horseman. There was really no build-up or real-time interaction between Ichabod and Brom Bones, his adversary for Katrina's affections....more
This was a fun, cute, quick read. I was surprised that I found myself enjoying the original story as much as I, as a kid, enjoyed watching the movies.This was a fun, cute, quick read. I was surprised that I found myself enjoying the original story as much as I, as a kid, enjoyed watching the movies. I will definitely be looking into the sequel as I'm interested to see if the movie adaptation of that book as closely matches the original as this one did.
Heidi is a classic children's story about little, adventurous Heidi who, orphaned, is taken to live with her curmudgeonly old grandfather up in the highest heights of the Swiss Alps. She picks wildflowers; she runs with goats; she charms everyone with her pleasant and outgoing nature. But then her evil auntie whisks her away to be the hired companion of a wealthy but sickly young girl in Frankfurt. Heidi has several adventures in Frankfurt, but soon her forcible separation from her grandfather and her beloved mountains becomes too much to bear. And those around her, who have inevitably come to love and admire her, band together to bring her home....more
I didn't expect this to be so short or so very very simple. I think the only way to get a ton out of it is to read it much slower than I did in searchI didn't expect this to be so short or so very very simple. I think the only way to get a ton out of it is to read it much slower than I did in search of the deeper meanings both textually and contextually. I did enjoy seeing how Alice learned some, while venturing through Wonderland, about manners and maybe not telling her animal companions about how she ate or saw someone eating their kind just the other day. Silly Alice. The book does do a great job of characterizing how the young are so very oblivious to their own shortcomings while still aware of those same flaws on those around them....more
As usual, another poorly mastered audiobook version of a childhood classic. In this second "episode," we follow the boy Tip as he creates Jack PumpkinAs usual, another poorly mastered audiobook version of a childhood classic. In this second "episode," we follow the boy Tip as he creates Jack Pumpkinhead, the Wooden Sawhorse, and the Gump (the flying, moose-headed couch), and befriends the Scarecrow and the Tinman, all while liberating the Emerald City from an army of gem-hungry girls and finding Oz's long-lost rightful ruler.
I'm not sure where L. Frank Baum stood on the issue of women's liberation, but this book does not suggest that he was very progressive on the subject. The army of girls who takes over the Emerald City armed with knitting needles holds, as their primary goal, stealing all the gems of the city to make pretty jewelry and also to sell so that they can each buy new dresses. Oh oh oh, WHY?! In all, not the best message for little girls. There are also no female characters in the heroes party at all.
I was interested to see where this second installment in the Oz series aligned and differed with the second Wizard of Oz movie -- Return to Oz. One of the primary differences in the movie was that the army of girls was replaced by the witch Mombi as the lead villain, whereas she plays only a secondary villain role in the book. I also loved Mombi's head-swapping antics in the movie, which were nonexistent here in the book. Also, the protagonist Tip was replaced by Dorothy. Though I suspect that the storyline of how Dorothy reaches Oz in this second movie may be lifted from the third book, Ozma of Oz....more