The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere

The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere


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Jeffrey Thompson's shimmering illustrations enhance the drama of Longfellow's immortal rhyme.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792265580
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 09/03/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 372,778
Product dimensions: 9.13(w) x 11.94(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882) was the most famous American poet of his time. Best known for long narrative works and the classic “Paul Revere’s Ride,” he was a modern languages professor at Bowdoin College and Harvard College, as well as the first American to translate Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.

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The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
benuathanasia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I used to love this poem as a child; but, years of studying literature and far better poets has soiled it for me. Normally, I'm not one to complain about rhyme scheme, foot, meter, etc. but Longfellow just wrote in such a disjointed pattern (constantly switching his poetic patterns) that I found it extremely hard to enjoy. It just seems very amateur.I gave this an extra star because Christopher Bing's artistic adaptation it beautiful.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The poem is well known: Paul Revere races to deliver a message given to him via a light in a church tower. The British are coming! Longfellow's poem is classic literature now, idealizing Revere into a hero. What's new to this picture book are the illustrations, created by Christopher Bing. The pictures are lush combinations of scratch board and watercolor, creating glowing night scenes. Overlayed on these pictures are photographs of items relating to that part of the story - pigeon feathers, musket balls, letters, and so on. In the front and back of the story are historic replicas of letters and documents. The layout is gorgeous and evocative of that historical period. I love the poem, and think it a true piece of our literary history, but what really catches my eye here is Bing's artistry. He took an old and a well known poem and added new life to it. The inclusion of photographs and replicas of historical documents creates the illusion that you are stepping back in history, and are also fun and interactive. Bing's provocative interpretation reinforces Longfellow's attempts to create American mythology, while his pictures bring a reality to the poem in placing historically accurate details alongside the text. A beautiful picture book, well worthy of being in anyone's library.
landism on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This poem tells the well-known story of Paul Revere's ride to warn the colonists that "The British are coming!" The artist, Christopher Bing, does a wonderful job creating colorful pictures to accompany Longfellow's words. What struck me most about this book, though, were the papers on the front and back pages. Readers can unfold them to read them. The first is a reproduced letter from the British General Gage that contains the British army's orders regarding Concord. The second paper is a reproduction of Paul Revere's own description (prepared for the Massachusetts Provincial Congress) of what happened the night he rode. Bing also acknowledges that Longfellow embellished parts of the narrative and so Bing describes what actually happened the night Paul Revere rode at the back of the book. This book is appropriate for fourth and fifth graders, although it could be read aloud to younger children in order to expose them to poetry.
ermilligan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an epic poem that I remember memorizing in 5th grade. The book has paintings throughout it and maps that are accurate from the time period. It is great for history.
NancyStorm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An epic poem long to be remembered by my generation. Many of us memorized it in elementary school and can still repeat portions of it today. I used it in the American History class i taught while student teaching at Westview HS in Beaverton in 2000. Longfellow is well-known and loved by many for his poetry, including myself.
MesserPicks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another great version of Paul Revere's Ride. I really like the pictures in this book. I have another Paul Revere poetry book in my collection, but I like that this one is different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good with my students who did the people from the reviutionnary war and who did paul rever
Guest More than 1 year ago
directing a movie of the famous ride need a description.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of us have heard the famous poem, 'Listen my children and you shall hear...' but the illustrations in this edition are outstanding and give a dark, historic air to the work. We truly get a feel for Revere's famous midnight ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago