Literary Adventures of Washington Irving: American Storyteller

Literary Adventures of Washington Irving: American Storyteller

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Cheryl Harness once again pours the full range of her creative talents into another compellingly illustrated mix of history and biography. This time the result is an inspiring true-life account of the life of one of America’s first celebrity authors.

Follow the narrative from Washington Irving’s birth in New York City to his meeting with his namesake

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Cheryl Harness once again pours the full range of her creative talents into another compellingly illustrated mix of history and biography. This time the result is an inspiring true-life account of the life of one of America’s first celebrity authors.

Follow the narrative from Washington Irving’s birth in New York City to his meeting with his namesake George Washington. Learn of his years as a businessman, lawyer, traveler, and a diplomat representing the views of the United States in the courts of Britain and Spain. Discover what inspired such classics as Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Witness the excitement generated by this American publishing phenomenon as his books are devoured by readers of all ages on both sides of the Atlantic.

Cheryl Harness’ lively narrative traces the development of both Irving's life and his literary imagination. The book’s vivid illustrations invite readers to step back in time and find out how his creations helped lay the foundation for American folklore—the tales and traditions that help define the spirit of America. Along the way, readers meet other authors and their legendary characters, including Longfellow’s Hiawatha and Evangeline, Davy Crockett and the heroes of the Alamo, Johnny Appleseed, Daniel Boone, Pecos Bill, Jesse James, Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox, John Henry and his hammer, Casey Jones, Clement Moore and many more.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristy Lyn Sutorius
In the last two decades, Harness has established herself as a leading biographer for children, and this book does not disappoint! From his first encounter with President George Washington, the reader is keenly aware that this young boy is destined for great things. While many know Irving for his still-famous The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, Irving's interests extended to politics and adventure. After serving as a Colonel in the War of 1812 and traveling in Europe and throughout the United States for several years, Irving was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Spain. Statesmen, foreign dignitaries, poets, presidents, and fellow authors were won over by Irving's "genial, clever" nature, and young readers will be, too. Harness takes to calling the protagonist Wash, adding a playfulness to the text that is mirrored in her candid, snapshot-style illustrations. Readers will be grateful for the maps by which they can trace Irving's busy travel schedule. A chronology of Wash's life, a bibliography and a list of places to visit round out an informative and entertaining biography for grade school kids. This is a most delightful look at the thrilling life of one of America's great writers. Highly recommended. Reviewer: Kristy Lyn Sutorius
School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

In a relatively approachable narrative peppered with a generous supply of direct quotations, Harness gives the details of Irving's life, along with contextual historical information. The book's casual tone makes for pleasant reading, though transitions are sometimes abrupt. Earth-toned panel illustrations adorn each page with scenes from Irving's childhood and later life, his characters, and maps of his travels. The captions serve as the only headings throughout the work, making this biography better suited for sustained reading than quick reference.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426304392
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
10/14/2008
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
1080L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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