Dear LA Teacher,
Parents need to find quality stories for their children this Halloween season that won't scare their pants off. Any suggestions?
Dear LA Mom,
Her newest story is about a little girl trying to find her way home. Unexpectedly, she encounters a man on horseback with a pumpkin for a head. He chases the child to an old wooden bridge he is forbidden to cross. So he does what any self-respecting headless horseman would do. He hurls the pumpkin at the pig-tailed girl missing her crown by inches. Thus begins Donna Davies’ spin on Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Davies enlisted the artistic talent of Rob Peters, who brings her story to life with 14 colorful pictures to enhance the author’s delightful tale in rhyme. We never learn the little girl’s name, perhaps because the story is her first person account of the events. We do meet best friend Ned as the duo track the horseman to the cemetery. There they encounter non other than Washington Irving, who teaches them a little about the roots of his short story.
Sleepy Hollow and the Road You’d Better Not Follow is a fun read for any child; and a book parents can share with their children this Halloween season without worry of nightmares.