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 - 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.
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.
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-Longfellow's most famous tale comes to life once again in Bing's masterfully detailed scratchboard paintings that, through their watercolor glazes, give the appearance of fine old engravings. The digitally produced, superimposed images of playing cards, Colonial money, and various other historical objects enhance the tactile sense of the meticulous renderings. Each half-page piece of text appears on a facsimile of parchment set in Founder's Caslon 30 font, the same typeface used in the first printing of the Declaration of Independence, and the accompanying illustrations, maps, and re-creations of documents clearly reinforce the poet's words. The scratchboards are rich in texture and their many shadows suggest the moods of conspiracy and secrecy that must have permeated those days prior to the battles of Lexington and Concord. One that is particularly poignant is that of Revere hurrying along on horseback while the shadows behind him create a blend of images of both the first and current Stars and Stripes. The illustrations of this beautifully bound rendition are more realistic than those by Jeffrey Thompson (National Geographic, 2000) and are geared to an older audience than those of Paul Galdone's classic version, Paul Revere's Ride (Crowell, 1963; o.p.). Both school and public libraries should add Bing's interpretation to their shelves-this is one patriotic poem that deserves to ride again.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
An extraordinarily beautiful piece of bookmaking attempts to breathe new life into one of American literature's hoariest classics. Illustrator Bing, fresh from his Caldecott Honor triumph with Casey at the Bat (2000), here employs a combination of techniques to depict the events of the "eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five." Delicate pen, ink, and brush backgrounds reminiscent of early engravings were glazed with watercolors "in the traditional method," resulting in an absolutely heart-stopping blue that dominates the nighttime scenes with just tiny hints of reds and yellows to stand in contrast. Occasional scanned-in additions, such as watches, coins, or playing cards, are superimposed on some illustrations; these are presumably added to enhance atmosphere but are somewhat distracting. The illustrations occupy most of the double-page spreads, with the text appearing at the sides in boxes that simulate yellowed (and in one case, singed) paper. Extensive historical notes, bibliography, acknowledgments, and a fascinating note on the preparation follow the poem; the whole is flanked by maps of the planned British raid and the famous ride. The endpapers are decorated with facsimile broadsides and supplemented by two foldout documents: a recreation of Paul Revere's deposition on the events, and a "fanciful" recreation of British General Gage's orders to his lieutenant. It is unquestionably a glorious effort on the part of the artist, designer, and publisher. The poem itself can be stuffily old-fashioned in syntax and occasionally its rhyme scheme mires down, but the illustrations, which capture both the movements of the British and the desperate stealth of Revere and his friend, help to carrythe reader along. Less a picture book than an illustrated poem, this offering may well serve to excite new audiences in a work to which everyone knows the opening lines-but nothing else. (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)