Book Review: Paul Revere’s Ride

Rating: ★★★★☆

On April 18, 1775, a silversmith named Paul Revere and two other men rode from Boston to Lexington to warn American patriots that the British troops had arrived.  This helped prepare the American soldiers for the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first in the American Revolution.  About 95 years later, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poetic tribute to Revere’s actions.  He exercised some poetic license with historical details, so it should not be considered a historical document but rather a piece of great American literature.

The courageous patriotism exemplified by Revere makes him an admirable hero, especially for young boys.  Ted Rand’s illustrated version of Longfellow’s work visually represents the suspense and danger of the night, allowing young readers to experience the story before they have fully grown into the poem.  The dramatic scenes work well with the rhythmic action of the poem, and while turning the pages one can almost hear the horse’s hooves pounding the road as Revere rides on and on.

The book contains a brief historical afterword which helps contextualize Revere’s ride in the events of the Revolution, and inquisitive readers can also explore the online Paul Revere Heritage Project or the website of the Paul Revere House.

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Publication Information: Rand, Ted. Paul Revere's Ride. Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (Original Author). Puffin. 1996. ISBN: 0140556125.
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Posted on February 20, 2011


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