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Rip Van Winkle [Paperback]

Thomas Locker
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Nov. 30 1994 Picture Puffins
One of America's favorite legends is adapted by an award-winning illustrator and author for a new, visually breathtaking storybook. Locker magnificently portrays the beauty of the rugged Catskill Mountains, where Rip Van Winkle awoke after 20 years to find a vastly changed world. NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.

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From Publishers Weekly

Howe, working in a style that is just as realistic as Locker's (see above), highlights the comic gifts of Irving's story: his Rip waves jauntily to a scarecrow, sneaks away from the house unaware that a stern Dame Van Winkle looks on and, in one frame, is seen scrambling out the door away from the shrewish, pointing finger of his wife (the rest of her is offstage). Henry Hudson's crew are a wild-eyed, caricatured bunch; Rip, upon awakening, has ivy and brambles clinging to his hat and pants, and his beard sails down past his knees. He returns to his village and is mistaken for a soldier of the American revolution; but soon settles into a serene life with his daughter and is lastly shown carving from wood the figures of the small men from his "night" on the mountain. This is a vivid piece of storytelling, which takes full advantage of the atmospheric Catskill setting. Howe good-spiritedly taps the elements of the tale that make it an American favorite. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kindergarten-Grade 5 Irving's complete text, with unsurpassed pictures by N. C. Wyeth, is still in print (Morrow, 1987). Although Howe's abridgement makes the story available to younger readers, it is debatable whether too much of the mystery and historythe sense of the passing of time and of political changehas been sacrificed in the shortening. Irving's plot has been respected, and although little of his style remains, the narrative line is clear and (except for several pages of uninterrupted text near the end) well-paced to the pictures. Howe works in the ``classic'' Brandywine/Rackham vein, but the pictures skip around seasonally, even though Irving specifies an autumn setting. His interests lie in portraiture and period detail, and while the latter may be lost on a young audience, the wonderful faces of the Half Moon crew, featured on the cover, will grab browsers. If there is a profound side to the tale of Rip's 20-year escapist nap (RIP?), it isn't apparent in this humorous retelling or in the luminous paintings. Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Wyeth-illustrated version Feb. 3 2014
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Calla Edition, 2013. Aside from being absurdly cheap right now, this is a fine facsimile of the classic 1921 Rip Van Winkle as illustrated by N.C. Wyeth. it's a slender red hardcover, with gold-stamped spine title and front frame around a paste-down colour plate. The interior is all coated stock with colour and b&w illustrations throughout, in that comfortable spacious Wyeth style, with hand-drawn page numbers and text only on the top half of each page. While it's an inch smaller in length & width (and thinner) than the Robinson Midsummer Night's Dream, the Dulac Poe's Bells, and the Austen Hamlet, it's a worthy companion to those, and to the other great Calla volumes. This is literally the cheapest version of Irving's story on amazon, and yet it's one of the most beautiful versions of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great version of Rip Van Winkle! Dec 22 2003
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Format:Hardcover
I really love this version of the story. I can't wait to share it with my 4th grade students who study New York history. I think it is pretty interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Aboard Reading Version Aug. 9 2002
Format:Paperback
Several of these other reviews are for a different version of this story. The one I am reviewing is an "All Aboard Reading" version. It is definitely written for beginning readers (1st-3rd grade)
This version is a good introduction to the classic Washington Irving story. I do not like the way Rip's wife yells at him to get to work or how Rip is only "maybe...a little" sad when we finds out that his wife has died after his long sleep. Neither Rip nor his wife were the most exemplary characters! :-)
Still, that is the way the story was written and can be a good launch into a talk about character.
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