Rip Van Winkle

Rip Van Winkle

by Washington Irving

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ISBN-13: 9780848111304
Publisher: EDCON Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/15/2012
Series: Bring the Classics to Life Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 56
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 7 - 13 Years

About the Author

Born April 3, 1783 in New York City, Washington was the last of eleven children. He was named after our first President, George Washington. Although he loved to read, especially poetry, Washington did not like school and he quit when he became sixteen. It was at this time that he began his career writing stories for the New York Morning Chronicle. He fell in love with a young girl, Matilda Hoffman, and they became engaged to be married. When she fell ill and died, Washington decided to remain a bachelor for the remainder of his life. To help overcome his grief, he began writing more and more. He traveled to Europe, spending many years there, where he continued to write. Some of his books are The Humorists, Tales of a Traveller and A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, to name just a few. Returning to the United States in 1832, Washington Settled in New York on the Hudson River near Sleepy Hollow. He named his estate “Sunnyside” where he remained until his death in 1859. He is buried near Sleepy Hollow.

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Anyone who has made a trip up the Hudson River has seen the Catskill Mountains. The mountains are to the west of the river. They go up and up above the land. At the bottom of the mountains, there was once a village. It was an old Dutch village. There lived a man named Rip Van Winkle. Rip Van Winkle was a kind man. He worked hard to help others. But he did not work hard to make money. Rip was lazy at that kind of work! He did not keep his farm looking well. His house was falling down. His plants would not live. His children looked as run down as his farm. All of this did not keep Rip from trying to be happy.

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