The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Walt Disney CompanyThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the ultimate American Halloween story in many ways. It is certainly the predominant one although I do my best every October to handsell The Halloween Tree. I stand by my opinion that Walt Disneys 1949 cartoon adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving is the best version of not only this tale but of any headless horseman folktale. The Headless Horseman is fantastically spooky when he makes his otherworldly appearance. Ichabod Crane is a pretentious but zanily lovable doofus. Brom Bones is a charismatic and comic bully whom Ichabod serves several doses of his own medicine almost unintentionally. And Katrina is a radiant coquette, feigning ignorance and gently playing with those seeking to court her. Of course, Bing Crosby also narrates, which gives Disneys version an unfair advantage.
This book is a picture book adaptation of the Walt Disney motion picture adaptation. Its illustrations are taken from the animated film although they are very low quality by todays standards. The text is highly readable. It is simple and short, omitting the historical, political, and religious undercurrents from the original and making this a true childrens story. In fact, this is the only version of the story Ive found that is a suitable read aloud for small children. Unfortunately, it is out of print, so its difficult to get ahold of a copy for All Hallows reading. A remastered paperback edition Walt Disneys The Legend of Sleepy Hollow would probably be a hit.
ISBN 13: 9780698116481
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