Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Audio Book
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Spring 2009 Audio Book
Ages: 9 & Up
CD Price: $15.00
Washington Irving’s well-known story of Ichabod Crane (a school teacher who competes with the community bruiser, Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt, for the attentions of the daughter of a wealthy farmer) has many twists and turns peppered with a headless horseman and other dramatic characters. Written in 1790, Irving’s syntax and descriptive narration can be challenging in places, but this oral rendition enriches and complements the original version to the point where a “school assignment” could turn into a welcome pleasure. Most students encounter this classic story only through the printed pages of textbooks, storybooks, or anthologies. Here, master storyteller Jonathan Kruk delivers the story as an audio book, with colorful eloquence backed by orchestral radiance. While remaining true to Irving’s original text, Kruk boosts the story’s energy through his highly skilled reading. Even those who are already familiar with this well-known literary classic will revel in this spirited presentation.
Dr. Flora Joy   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Flora has been described as a “founder” in the world of storytelling. The following are a few examples of programs or events that she began: (1) Storytelling World, an international journal for which Flora has continued to serve as editor since its first issue in the 1980s. This journal is currently part of NSN’s Storytelling Magazine. (2) The Annual Storytelling Resource Awards Program, (3) The National Storytelling Youth Olympics, and (4) The Master’s Degree Program in Storytelling at ETSU (where she taught for 41 years and is currently a Professor Emeritus). She has won many prestigious awards, including NSN’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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