Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Longfellow's well-known poem never appeared to better advantage: Rand has created a rich rendition of the Revolutionary landscape. And Revere himself is the perfect patriot, rugged and intense as he saddles up, ``Ready to ride and spread the alarm / Through every Middlesex village and farm.'' As Revere rides, the urgency of the pictures inspires the reader to flip the pages at an increasing pace until the dramatic confrontation of the Redcoats and the farmers. If there is any complaint here, it is with Longfellow himself, for rearranging the facts to exclude mention of Revere's fellow riders, Dawes and Prescott. Nevertheless, this is a gem of a lesson about one glorious morning in America's history. Ages 5-9. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Enjoy the famous narrative poem recreating Paul Revere's midnight ride in 1775 to warn the people of the Boston countryside that the British were coming. It never fails to entertain and makes a wonderful read-aloud. 1996 (orig.
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Beautiful, luminous watercolors help make this stirring poem about Paul Revere's famous ride accessible to a wide age range. Peaceful, moonlit scenes of the sleeping countryside and hamlets contrast with dramatic action scenes of galloping horses and exciting battles. Maps and a historical background note are included.
Children's Literature - Heidi Green
This classic poem about the start of the Revolutionary War is reborn with a vengeance through the creative talents of Jeffrey Thompson. You think you know the story of Paul Revere's famous ride. The "one, if by land, and two, if by sea," is familiar--perhaps all too familiar, if you remember it as a classroom recitation. Pick up this book anyway. These new illustrations emphasize the sinister edge of the well-known ride without being gruesome. A historical note, complete with a map, explains that Longfellow's poem is a folk ballad. It presents the facts about Paul Revere's ride, the inspiration for the colonial poet.
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-- Rand is a master of atmosphere and moonlight , and he brings all his skill to the illustration of this narrative poem. There are a number of nice features for those who choose this for its historic interest. The endpapers include a map, not only of Paul Revere's route but also those taken by fellow patriots, Dawes and Prescott. The buildings of Boston and the various farms and villages on the route are shown in clear and accurate detail, and the interior view of Robert Newman climbing a ladder to the belfry window, surrounded by flying pigeons, gives a vivid picture of the size of the building and the dangers of his contribution to the event. Although Revere has been drawn from portraits and represents an identifiable person, the other figures are more generic; the British soldiers are almost like toy figures in their similarities. For this reason the most successful pages are those showing the hushed landscape in contrast with the various solitary figures and their obvious urgency. The moon highlights everything in pale and tawny gold against the deep blues of water, sky, and tree shadow and follows the rider all the way to Concord where it gives way to a pink dawn sky. The richly colored, romantic watercolors duplicate Longfellow's imagery, often quite literally, and effectively reinforce the narrative quality of the poem. Rand's almost filmic interpretation differs from earlier, more graphic versions illustrated by Paul Galdone (Crowell, 1963; o.p.), Joseph Low (Windmill, 1973; o.p.), and Nancy Winslow Parker (Greenwillow, 1985). --Eleanor K. MacDonald, Beverly Hills Pub . Lib .
Longfellow's famous narrative poem gains a renewed sense of foreboding and urgency thanks to Thompson's stark and somber illustrations. Using a multi-layered technique combining individual scratchboard elements with computer scanning, composition, and coloring, Thompson's bold art highlights the emotional intensity of Revere's legendary ride, which culminated in the start of the Revolutionary War. The pictures, framed in black, sit opposite stark black text on vivid white background. Shadows loom, mists float, and foreground details emerge almost three-dimensionally, creating drama and tension. Notable, too, is the use of color as the flat reds and browns Revere and other people contrasts with the luminous purple and aqua of the night and the harbor. A strikingly beautiful rendering by a new talent, the inclusion of a historical note makes this version especially useful for classroom settings. (Poetry. 6-10) Children's Book-of-the-Month Club selection