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A Legend That Will Knock You Head Over Heels

Updated: Sep 21, 2020

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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In this blog, I am going to review a well-known American classic, "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving. I really enjoyed reading this book and I loved it so much that I couldn’t put it down! Because there is a spooky element, this book would be perfect for a sleepover or telling around the fire on a camping trip.

The book starts with the unknown narrator telling the reader a spooky tale all the local townspeople know, which takes place in Sleepy Hollow. In the book, some people who tell the story say that the town of Sleepy Hollow was bewitched by a German Doctor, while others say it was cursed by an Indian wizard. They all say ever since the supernatural event occurred, the people who live in the town see visions and go into trances where they encounter haunted figures everywhere. Everyone agrees the ghostly apparition which appears the most is called the Headless Horseman.

All the townspeople say the ghostly horseman used to be a trooper who got his head knocked off by a cannon ball in the battle of Sleepy Hallow, New York. The tellers say at night, he goes back to where the battle took place in search of his lost head!

After the narrator describes the old tale, he then starts a new story about the main character, Ichabod Crane and his run in with the dreaded ghost...

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Encountering the Headless Horseman

I would give "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" 4 out of 5 stars because I liked how Irving described Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. Their personalities in the book seemed realistic, especially Ichabod's fear and the Horseman's competitiveness. I also (of course) loved the end scene where the two main characters accidentally encounter one another. The only negative thought I had about the story was I felt like it went into too much description about Ichabod and his attributes.

Please write in the comments what you would do if you lived in the town of Sleepy Hollow and saw visions of Headless Horseman.

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