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Paul Revere's Ride: The Landlord's Tale

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Listen, my children,
and you shall hear

Of the midnight ride
of Paul Revere....

So begins Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's stirring tale of Paul Revere's ride and the first battle cry for American independence. Written over a century ago, the words still resonate today.

Now acclaimed artist Charles Santore has turned his attention to this ...

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Overview

Listen, my children,
and you shall hear

Of the midnight ride
of Paul Revere....

So begins Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's stirring tale of Paul Revere's ride and the first battle cry for American independence. Written over a century ago, the words still resonate today.

Now acclaimed artist Charles Santore has turned his attention to this historic event, immortalized in Longfellow's poem. Paul Revere, his horse, the Old North Church, the lantern, Lexington and Concord — all spring from these pages, and make that famous race against time live once again.

Author Biography:

On April 5, 1860, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) climbed to the belfry of Boston's Old North Church, where almost a century earlier bells tolled the warning that the British were coming. The visit inspired him to write his classic poem that immortalized Paul Revere and the beginning of America's War of Independence.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For Paul Revere's Ride: The Landlord's Tale by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Charles Santore assumes the perspective of the narrator's "friend." For "Listen, my children, and you shall hear/ Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere," an elderly, dapper gentleman leans forward in front of a fire that casts a mysterious light across his face; a view from the foot of the ladder into the tower of the Old North Church depicts the man's climb with two as-yet-unlit lanterns; and time seems to stop as Revere and his horse await the signal from across the Charles River. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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
"Listen, my children, and you shall hear/Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere..." will be familiar to most who pick up this lovingly-illustrated picture book; for who could ever forget the opening lines of Wadsworth Longfellow's immortal poem? As readers read on, they will discover for themselves—-again or anew—-the full power of this venerated American writer's epic poem, as well as the patriotic act that inspired it. First written over a century ago, Longfellow's words still resonate today. "Paul Revere's Ride" originally was published in a collection of his poems entitled Tales from the Wayside Inn," with each poem a tale told by one of the wayfarers. Paul Revere's clandestine adventure was told by the landlord and it is there, by a blazing fire in the 1860s, that Santore opens this picture book version. All you would expect to follow does: brave patriot Revere astride his panting horse, the Old North Church, the lantern, Lexington and Concord—but all are depicted in unusual (and accurate) detail, incorporating photographic-like clarity and dramatic visual viewpoints in the full-color illustrations. Each illustration, in fact, is a panoramic two-page spread, and the book's 9-inch by 11-inch trim size makes the artwork seem to stretch out even more, like a ride into the night. A great book for history buffs of all ages. 2003, HarperCollins Publishers,
— Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal
Gr 2-8-Set in the Sudbury, MA, hostel of the author's "Tales of the Wayside Inn" fame, the poem is told as Longfellow wrote it-as a story being related to a group of 19th-century gentlemen gathered around a parlor fire 100 years after Revere's historic ride. Immediately, of course, the tale goes back in time to show details of the fateful night, and it does so beautifully. Santore's acrylic spreads, done primarily in somber blue, green, and brown tones, suggest the cover of night of the attempted secret attack, as well as the seriousness of the event itself. Each illustration conveys a tremendous sense of forward movement, not only from Revere's horse as he presses ever onward, but also from the body movements of the colonists as they rouse themselves for battle. The final painting showing Revere racing through clouds above a peaceful village with a large clock looming behind him gives the sense that this tale will continue to be told "through all our history, to the last." Less stylized than Jeffrey Thompson's version, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (National Geographic, 2000), and giving a more retrospective feel than that of Christopher Bing's you-are-there approach (Handprint, 2001), this edition should not replace either of those fine works. Rather, it should serve as a point of comparison, as a means of introducing young listeners to the many possibilities an artist faces when interpreting a classic piece of literature.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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 .
Kirkus Reviews
Longfellow's familiar verse comes to splendid life in dynamic paintings. Santore (Stowaway on Noah's Ark, not reviewed, etc.) chooses to tell his tale as a story-within-a-story, as Longfellow did. He begins by placing Longfellow's narrator, the landlord of the Wayside Inn, in his Windsor chair by the fireplace. All of his illustrations are full-bleed double-paged spreads, with the text in boxes. Darkling colors by firelight, candlelight, and moonlight display images of great movement and action: readers look into the belfry of the Old North Church from below the bells, they can almost hear the sound of Revere's horse's hooves on the cobblestones or the wooden bridge. Dramatic perspectives-above, below, beneath-create images of great force, matching the propulsive sound of the poetry. All of the figures seem to be in motion: soldiers, townspeople, and Revere himself, square-jawed and determined. "It was twelve by the village clock, / When he crossed the bridge into Medford town. / He heard the crowing of the cock, / And the barking of the farmer's dog . . . " Looking down on this scene from above that clock: the barking dog, men barefoot, but bearing muskets, the swirl of Revere's cloak and the jittery shadows make a powerful picture. In all, a very different experience from the quieter drama of Monica Vachula's Ride (above). (artist's note) (Picture book/poetry. 7-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688165529
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/30/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.25 (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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