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Paul Revere's Ride

Paul Revere's Ride

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by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Joseph Low (Illustrator)

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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.


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.

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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.
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)
From the Publisher
"Longfellow's well-known poem never appeared to better advantage: Rand has created a rich rendition of the Revolutionary landscape."--Publisher's Weekly

"The richly colored, romantic watercolors duplicate Longfellow's imagery, often quite literally, and effectively reinforce the narrative quality of the poem."--School Library Journal 

"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."--Children's Literature 

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Windmill Books, Incorporated
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10.24(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was the most popular and admired American poet of the nineteenth century. Born in Portland, Maine, and educated at Bowdoin College, Longfellow’s ambition was always to become a writer; but until mid-life his first profession was the teaching rather than the production of literature, at his alma mater (1829-35) and then at Harvard (1836-54). His teaching career was punctuated by two extended study-tours of Europe, during which Longfellow made himself fluent in all the major Romance and Germanic languages. Thanks to a fortunate marriage and the growing popularity of his work, from his mid-thirties onwards Longfellow, ensconced in a comfortable Cambridge mansion, was able to devote an increasingly large fraction of his energies to the long narrative historical and mythic poems that made him a household word, especially Evangeline (1847), The Song of Hiawatha (1855), The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858), and Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863, 1872, 1873). Versatile as well as prolific, Longfellow also won fame as a writer of short ballads and lyrics, and experimented in the essay, the short story, the novel, and the verse drama. Taken as a whole, Longfellow’s writings show a breadth of literary learning, an understanding of western languages and cultures, unmatched by any American writer of his time.

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Paul Revere's Ride 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
"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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm sure the book was fine, but when I ordered using the express shipping, I was very disappointed. I ordered on a Friday and the person assured me I would have it on Tuesday as I needed it for a class on Wednesday. WELL, it finally got to me on Friday so I returned it unopened to the store as I no longer needed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to memorize a poem for school and this poem was it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this picture book because it integrates history, art, and poetry. On each page, life-like illustrations complement poetic prose. Facial expressions and gestures can easily be understood. Although Longfellow originally wrote about Paul Revereâ¿¿s ride over a hundred years ago, the historical premise behind the poetry is still valid and relevant today. The illustrator successfully captures the meaning of Longfellowâ¿¿s words and transforms them into vivid images that enable the reader to feel the drama behind ride. The reader does not have to question the meaning behind the words because the art alone tells the story. An the end the book the author provides further information on the even and a simple map of where Paul Revere traveled. The book in itâ¿¿s entirety is thorough, informative, entertaining and engaging. This book is valuable for all ages, not just younger readers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For the last two days I have read Paul Revere's Ride by Longfellow to my 4 and 7 year old. We have learned the history, vocabulary words, the different methods the artist used to illustrate the poem, and many other interesting facts. They are begging for more! What are great book! Longfellow makes history come to life. You can just feel the night air in Revere's face as he so courageously warns the people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daugher brought this when she was on a mission trip to Pennsylvania. It's an exceptional book, a short read and great for adults and especially children. It will keep the short attention span in tack and the mapping in tracing the ride is GREAT!>>>
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.