Let It Begin Here!: Lexington and Concord: The First Battles of the American Revolutionby Dennis Brindell Fradin, Larry Day
"Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon. But if they mean to have a war, let it begin here!" Captain John Parker, leader of the Lexington militia
Children's LiteraturePaul Revere's midnight ride on April 18, 1775, and the battles in Concord and Lexington the following day are summarized well in this nonfiction picture book by the author of The Signers: The 56 Stories behind the Declaration of Independence. Historical context is given in a brief introduction, but children will enjoy this book more if they already have a rough idea of what the American Revolution was fought for. Every page is a full-color illustration, with a few short paragraphs of text--it works for young children being read to or for older children doing research for history class. Distractingly, it is written in the narrative present, which is supposed to add immediacy but instead makes it sound like a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story ("...two British officers suddenly bolt out from behind a huge tree and try to capture Paul..."). Larry Day's detailed watercolor-and-ink illustrations do a beautiful job of depicting the nighttime ride, the battle scenes, and colonial Boston. Includes maps of the thirteen colonies, and the route from Boston to Lexington and Concord. 2005, Walker & Company, Ages 6 to 11.
School Library JournalK-Gr 4-Although brief, this book contains an informative description of the opening shots of the American Revolution. It starts with a who's who identifying the major players and a short introduction that provides some historical context. An hour-by-hour account of the events of April 18 and 19, 1775, follows, beginning with Paul Revere's ride to warn Samuel Adams (pictured in a fetching nightshirt and cap) and John Hancock in Lexington, as well as the patriots in Concord, that the British are on the move. Fradin presents quick summaries of the two battles, highlighting a few interesting facts and individuals in the exciting narrative. Vivid two-page watercolor, gouache, and pen-and-ink illustrations, reminiscent of Robert Andrew Parker's style, dramatize the events. Text blocks are carefully placed both for legibility and design. A map on the front endpapers shows a free rendering of the Boston area; one in the back places Massachusetts within the 13 colonies. A compelling cover, featuring determined-looking patriots holding muskets, will entice youngsters to pick up this book, and its appealing format makes it appropriate for reading aloud. Stephen Krensky's Paul Revere's Midnight Ride (HarperCollins, 2002) has a similar look and tone, but a different focus. Neil Johnson's The Battle of Lexington and Concord (Four Winds, 1992) provides more detail and is illustrated with reenactor photographs.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Milton Public Library, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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- 8.81(w) x 11.35(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 7 - 11 Years
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