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The Catskill witch and other tales of the Hudson Valley

Author: James McMurry; Jeff Jones
Publisher: Syracuse, NY : Syracuse University Press, 1974.
Series: York State book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Drawing freely from New York folk and Indian lore, from literature, history, and his own imagination, James Burton McMurry has fashioned sixteen fanciful tales of unforgettable characters inhabiting the region of the Hudson Valley. Some of the stories, here retold in a simple and lucid style, are old favorites. They are joined by nine new stories which take their places here naturally and compatibly. Readers of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Fiction
Juvenile works
Juvenile fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McMurry, James, 1941-
Catskill witch and other tales of the Hudson Valley.
[Syracuse, N.Y.] Syracuse University Press, 1974
(OCoLC)608872743
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James McMurry; Jeff Jones
ISBN: 0815601050 9780815601050
OCLC Number: 1031278
Description: viii, 156 pages illustrations 21 cm.
Contents: The Catskill witch --
The culprit Fay --
Pokepsie --
The baker's dozen --
The Ramapo salamander --
The Saranac wizard --
Tjerck --
The old red tavern --
The man who found a wife --
Jurrie the goat boy --
The terrible ogress of Claverack --
Anthony's nose --
Wipple the carpenter --
The high hill ogre --
The children of Kinderhook --
Wigglenose and Eyesore.
Series Title: York State book.
Other Titles: Catskill witch.
Culprit fay.
Baker's dozen.
Ramapo salamander.
Saranac wizard.
Old red tavern.
Man who found a wife.
Terrible ogress of Claverack.
High hill ogre.
Children of Kinderhook.
Responsibility: James McMurry ; illustrated by Jeff Jones.

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"Drawing freely from New York folk and Indian lore, from literature, history, and his own imagination, James Burton McMurry has fashioned sixteen fanciful tales of unforgettable characters inhabiting the region of the Hudson Valley. Some of the stories, here retold in a simple and lucid style, are old favorites. They are joined by nine new stories which take their places here naturally and compatibly. Readers of Washington Irving will recognize the major figure in "Anthony's Nose," who here returns from the shores of Spuyten Duyvil to find a wife and a whole new set of adventures. "Pokepsie" and "The Saranac Wizard" are based on the old Indian legends, as was the title story, and "The Ramapo Salamander" has roots in an old English or German tale. McMurry notes that the terrible Ogress of Claverack recently passed through those parts again, enabling the author to get the story first hand, and ruins of the troll house under the White Clay Kill bridge are still there. The children of Tivoli have reported that the troll Eyesore can be seen just as it's getting dark at night. The mists of fable gather here around the storyteller on the banks of the beautiful Hudson River, to the delight of children of all ages. After experiencing these tales, the reader might be able the better to see old Teunis, the Dutch-speaking giant who roars in the Catskills." -- Provided by Publisher

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