Paul Revere's midnight ride

Stephen Krensky

Book - 2002

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Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2-4-Krensky uses short descriptive sentences to bring to life the famous incident. He details the movements of the British regulars in their march toward Concord to seize the colonists' military supplies, Revere's famous ride, and his capture (and release) by British troops. Several paragraphs of background information mention the issues that led to fighting and offer a brief overview of the Revolutionary War. Harlin's soft, realistic paintings display his dexterity with watercolor and his deft use of perspective. Double-page panoramas capture the span of a British warship, a line of red-coated soldiers, and Revere being chased on horseback at dusk by British soldiers. A map showing the area from Boston to Concord indicates Revere's route. Missing are source notes and/or a bibliography. Despite the picture-book format and brief text, this slice of history is not easy to understand without some background information about the period. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (Handprint, 2001), illustrated by Christopher Bing, includes notes, letters written by General Gage and Paul Revere, detailed maps of the British march to Concord and Revere's ride, a bibliography, and a full page of acknowledgments. An edition of Longfellow's poem illustrated by Jeffrey Thompson (National Geographic, 2000) also includes background notes. Add Krensky's book to collections needing additional materials or as a companion to Longfellow's poem.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An account of Paul Revere's historical ride in April, 1775, to warn fellow colonials that the British were coming to arrest their important leaders and steal the supplies they stored for their upcoming battles.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Provides a comprehensive telling of this historical ride in April, 1775, by Paul Revere who rode to warn fellow colonials that the British were coming to arrest their important leaders and steal the supplies they stored for their upcoming battles.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

It's a cold April night in 1775.For months now, you and your fellow colonials have been preparing for battle with the British army. You have just heard that troops have been ordered to steal your muskets and powder and to capture two important political leaders. People must be warned, but the roads are teeming with British patrols. What do you do?Well, if you're Paul Revere, the answer is easy. You ride.Greg Harlin's vivid illustrations capture the thrill and the danger of a country on the verge of revolution in Stephen Krensky's dramatic account of the night Paul Revere galloped into history.