Follow author Washington Irving from his birth in New York City to his meeting with his namesake George Washington. Discover what inspired his classic stories, including Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Step back in time and find out how his creations helped lay the foundation of American folklore.
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.
Cheryl Harness is the author and/or illustrator of some 35 children's books, including seven picture book biographies for National Geographic. She has a natural talent for making history fun for kids, injecting the "wow" factor into the lives of America's historical heroes and heroines.
She has won multiple awards and now lives in her historic hometown of Independence, Missouri.