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Includes a brief summary of the historical events, a map of Boston showing the routes taken by the British and Paul Revere, and a glossary of geographic and military words.

An illustrated version of the narrative poem which describes Paul Revere's midnight ride in 1775 to warn the people of the Boston countryside of an impending attack by the British.

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Includes a brief summary of the historical events, a map of Boston showing the routes taken by the British and Paul Revere, and a glossary of geographic and military words.

An illustrated version of the narrative poem which describes Paul Revere's midnight ride in 1775 to warn the people of the Boston countryside of an impending attack by the British.

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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.
Publishers Weekly
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's classic Paul Revere's Ride is newly interpreted with illustrations by Monica Vachula. Throughout, detailed oil paintings are framed against a textured backdrop, which looks like antique linen. Smaller inset illustrations (of the two lamps, or the "startled... pigeons") appear beneath each stanza. Paintings of New England livestock, and a closing portrait of Revere are especially well rendered.
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
Here is the familiar Longfellow poem about the legendary citizen who roused his countrymen to confront the British troops at the start of the American Revolution. Vachula's research is apparent in the representations and details of her almost photographic illustrations. The presentation is formal, with a large painting on one page facing lines of the poem and a small picture, all set on a linen-textured background. She chooses some dramatic moments to illustrate, but uses other opportunities to set scenes with animals, or carousing Redcoats, or a quiet churchyard with only a black cat amid the tombstones. Add this to Stephen Krensky's prose version of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride (Harper 2002) and Christopher Bing's illustrated version of the poem (Handprint, 2001) along with the new Paul Revere's Ride: The Landlord's Tale (HarperCollins, 2003) for a patriotic celebration and comparisons. Here an added historical note details background fact from fiction. 2003, Boyds Mills Press,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Another version of Longfellow's classic poem is brought to light. Vachula has chosen a burlaplike background for her historically accurate oil paintings, giving not only an antique but also a homey feel to her work. Each spread features 5 to 16 lines from the poem and a small picture opposite a full painting. For instance, the "spark/Struck out by a steed" is accompanied by a close-up of a powder horn, while another page that tells of the patriot who would be "Pierced by a British musket-ball" shows the fallen soldier being attended by a clergyman. Each thumbnail sketch draws attention to specific ideas that might otherwise be lost in the larger illustration. Although Longfellow's poem is not known for its total historical accuracy, Vachula's paintings are so carefully rendered that anyone familiar with the area will recognize Paul Revere's house, the Old North Church, and the bridge at Lexington and Concord. Done primarily in somber blues, greens, and gray tones, the artwork conveys the seriousness of the political situation and makes the touches of red from the grenadiers' uniforms all the more startling. Much more traditional than Jeffrey Thompson's highly stylized art in The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (National Geographic, 2000) and even more realistic than the engravings and paintings by Christopher Bing (Handprint, 2001), this edition will be welcomed by purists who prefer an almost photographic look at Revere's historic ride.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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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 .
Kirkus Reviews
They don't write 'em like this any more, which is too bad, as Longfellow gave stirring life to a small part of the Revolutionary War and made a silversmith a legend in a poem that has proven extremely popular to illustrators. As historian Jayne Triber's note indicates, Revere was a spy as well as a silversmith and the ride was carefully planned, so Longfellow's verse is not historically accurate. But it is still a terrific read-aloud, as the rhythm and rhyme propel the story, printed here on textured, linen-like paper opposite Vachula's oil paintings. Her acknowledgements indicate that she did copious historical research to get the details of clothing, landscape, and architecture correct. Her images match the drama of the poem: the British ship Somerset, "A phantom ship, with each mast and spar / Across the moon like a prison bar," is seen over the shoulder of the rower "with muffled oar." Later, Revere is framed in a window through which the reader is gazing, giving word to a woman and her child in the house opposite. Or "his friend" is lurking in a doorway listening to the enemy through an open window. For all the drama, the illustrations are static, like tableaux. The colors are deep and rich, with the kind of muffled hues that give a satisfying historical cast to the pictures. A fine version, although it is not so powerful or engaging as Charles Santore's (below) or the Caldecott Honor-winning marvel by Christopher Bing (2001). (historical note) (Picture book/poetry. 7-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688040154
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1985
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Santore is a renowned illustrator and his many awards include the Society of Illustrators Award of Excellence, the Alumni Award of the Philadelphia College of Art, and the Hamilton King Award. Charles Santore’s illustrations are part of the permanent collections of the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA; The Free Library of Philadelphia; New York City’s Museum of Modern Art; The United States Department of the Interior and many private collections.
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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    good poetry

    "Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.." As I have said many times, poetry is not my long suit, although I think good poetry is important, and that is why I have the poetry corner in this newsletter. One of my favorite American poets has always been Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. We had to read three of his epic poems, The Song of Hiawatha, Evangeline, and The Courtship of Miles Standish, (or portions thereof) in high school. Another of his famous poems is "Paul Revere's Ride," which is the first poem taken from his Tales of a Wayside Inn. The poem is actually presented as a story told sometime in the 1860's by the ancient landlord of the Wayside Inn to a group of friends who had gathered around his fireside to swap tales. The Wayside Inn was a real place in Sudbury, MA, which was often visited by Longfellow. It still exists! Our younger son Jeremy had been reading some books for young readers about American history in third grade, so I had him read this one. Charles Santore's illustrations are wonderful. After I Jeremy finished, I asked him, "One if by" what? (land), "And two if by" what? (sea), and he remembered how to complete the lines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    The Nook Book is not the illustrated copy.  If I wanted the text

    The Nook Book is not the illustrated copy.  If I wanted the text I would google this public domain Poem.  BUYER BEWARE First and Last Nook Book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    School poettry

    I had to memorize a poem for school and this poem was it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2001

    Great book for introducing 4-5 year olds to colonial history

    This book was so well illustrated, that both our 3 and 5 year olds, are now interested in learning more about colonial history. While reading the book our 5 year old kept referring back to the map that painted a very visual route of Paul Revere's ride.

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