Originally published in 1809, this 2002 edition is a beautifully illustrated edition, using Fall colors in chalk drawiHistorical Classic - Ghost Story
Originally published in 1809, this 2002 edition is a beautifully illustrated edition, using Fall colors in chalk drawings by Gary Kelley. (I've asked the G/R Librarians to add the cover image to this oversized special edition.)
Having seen the Johnny Depp movie version, which IIRC focuses more on a "scary, terrifying headless horseman" roaming the countryside in the wee hours, leaving residents trembling with fear. This ghost becomes a legend in the bountiful village of Sleepy Hollow. Some people tell first-hand tales of their encounters with the Headless Horseman.
This book, especially with the deeply satisfying artwork, focuses much more on the stories of the villagers. The author describes a dreamy, almost ghostly, atmosphere surrounding the Hudson Valley area. I loved the writing which so much focused on descriptions of the countryside, the animals, crops -- together with the artwork, this book perfectly describes everything "Autumn".
Ichabod Crane, the schoolmaster in the peaceful region, falls in love with a prosperous farmer's daughter. Crane is not the young woman's only suitor. One young man claims to have had his own experience with the Headless Horseman, who disappears in a flash when challenged to a race.
After a bone-chilling late night unexpected meeting with the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane claims the ghost threw his disjoined head at him! Crane then disappeared, never to be heard from again.
I loved this book, and highly recommend it, especially for Halloween reading....more
Ooooh, this charmed me from the cover -- cutie pie Jemima Puddle-Duck with her baby blue bonnet and pink shawl. I spe#9 Peter Rabbit children's series
Ooooh, this charmed me from the cover -- cutie pie Jemima Puddle-Duck with her baby blue bonnet and pink shawl. I spent an extra hour after reading, ooh'ing and ahhh-ing over the wonderful artwork. I could easily keep this on my bedside table and immerse myself in the art & story.
Absolutely loved the innocent Jemima Puddle-Duck happily walking along with the nattily dressed fox.
Somehow as a child I missed reading the Peter Rabbit books. In 2017, I plan to read the other 22 books in this precious series.
Inside cover says Beatrix Potter's farm had a real Jemima duck who wasn't good at hatching eggs, and that Potter's favorite sheepdog, Kep, was used in the story as the duck's wise friend who rescues her from the deceptively charming sandy-whiskered gentleman (the fox)....more
# 7, 8 & 9 (3 in 1 edition) Fullmetal Alchemist series - Manga
Ed and Alphonse's adventures continue. More intrigue. Still appreciating the nice ba# 7, 8 & 9 (3 in 1 edition) Fullmetal Alchemist series - Manga
Ed and Alphonse's adventures continue. More intrigue. Still appreciating the nice balance of male/female characters -- strong, smart, capable females.
Action, danger, more levels of the plot are revealed, additional villians to dodge. I like the cleverness (Col. Roy Mustang's phone calls to mysterious "girlfriends"). Scenes with Winry, Ed, learning the truth of Col. Hughes' "status", and their visit to the Hughes family made me very sad. This gave the author a chance to explore and show Ed and Al's vulnerabilities and softer sides.
The extras were all had me grinning and laughing....more