Paul Revere and the Bell Ringers

Paul Revere and the Bell Ringers

by Jonah Winter, Bert Dodson
     
 

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As a boy working in his father's shop, Paul Revere hears adults talk all about their clubs with meetings, rules, and elections. It gives Paul an idea: Why doesn't he start his own club — a bell ringing club?

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As a boy working in his father's shop, Paul Revere hears adults talk all about their clubs with meetings, rules, and elections. It gives Paul an idea: Why doesn't he start his own club — a bell ringing club?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This Level 2 "Ready-to-Read" book is part of the "Childhood of Famous Americans" series. We are introduced first to the American Colonies, then to Massachusetts, the city of Boston, and finally, to Paul Revere. The book describes Paul's work as a silversmith, and how clubs and elections formed a great part of Bostonian society. When Paul and his friends got an idea to form their own club, after much debate, they decided to form a bell-ringing club for Christ's Church. They drew up rules and then presented a contract to the church. The priest allowed them to take over the ringing of the bells. The values that Paul learned when forming this club proved to be of great service when he became part of the American Revolution. A timeline of important events in Paul's life is included at the end of the book. Dodson's illustrations are an accurate and energetic representation of life in Boston during the 1700s. This book serves the dual purpose of a historical text and a learning-to-read book. 2003, Simon and Schuster, Ages 5 to 7.
— Amie Rose Rotruck
Library Journal
K-Gr 2-These books focus on an event in the early years of two famous Americans. In the first offering, a young King was told by his best friend that they could no longer play together because " colored and white can't mix." This experience inspired him to try to "change the rules." With lots of texture and touches of charcoal, the painterly illustrations have a nostalgic quality that effectively sets this story in the past. Winter describes how Revere and his friends started a bell-ringing club, voted on their own rules, and entered into a contract with a church to provide their services. This responsibility and dedication to helping his town were lessons that "gave Paul Revere ideas about how to become one of America's greatest patriots." Dodson's appealing artwork depicts the action and presents scenes of 18th-century Boston. Both titles feature short sentences and a simple vocabulary. Two additional purchases.-Gina Powell, Hidenwood Elementary School, Newport News, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689856358
Publisher:
Simon Spotlight
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Series:
Ready-to-read COFA Series
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
753,904
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Jonah Winter is the author of more than thirty celebrated nonfiction picture books including Diego, illustrated by Jeanette Winter; Jazz Age Josephine, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman; Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez; The Founding Fathers! illustrated by Barry Blitt; and Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, illustrated by Shane W. Evans.

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