This is the time of year our family reads Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."We look forward to this so very much. We read the short story from Irvings's Sketch Book and then watch the Disney cartoon. Irving wrote in a wonderful descriptive style--and if you're not used to the style of that era, you can get lost (so many novels and short stories today read like newspaper copy). DD stated the other night that the story is so much better now that she can really understand what the author is saying. I loved it, and she is so right. She's getting more out of it than in years past. At Christmas time, we read Dickens' A Christmas Carol, then watch the Patrick Stewart version (he is amazing as Scrooge). I am grateful that the kids still love to do this!